Creative Writing Bootcamp: Start a Brand New Story | Myla Goldberg | Skillshare

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Myla Goldberg, Novelist, mammal, concerned citizen

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14 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Where Do Ideas Come From?

    • 3. Writing Your Least Favorite Person

    • 4. Creating an Empathy Venn Diagram

    • 5. Eavesdropping for Inspiration

    • 6. What Did That Feel Like?

    • 7. Creating a Conversation

    • 8. Building a Character

    • 9. Writing Real-Feeling People

    • 10. Being a Tree

    • 11. Creating a Setting

    • 12. Writing What You Don’t Know

    • 13. Final Thoughts

    • 14. Class Timer: Eight Minutes

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About This Class

Kick your writing into high gear with this fun, energetic class designed to answer the ever-present question for writers everywhere: What should I write about next?

Best-selling author Myla Goldberg (Feast Your Eyes, Bee Season) is here to help you find the idea that will become your next story (and the idea for the story after that, and the one after that, and... you get the idea). In this inventive class, you’re invited to write alongside Myla in real time as she guides you through five exercises specifically designed to transform you into an idea-generation machine. 

A seasoned teacher with a captivating and hilarious style, Myla has developed this process through years of experience, gleaned not only through her own writing but also the common struggles of writing students. With the help of an on-screen writing timer and prompts, you’ll move through quick, idea-generating exercises, including:

  • Using memory to write vivid settings
  • Writing villains with empathy
  • Creating real-world, engaging dialogue
  • Developing characters from scratch to whole person

After each exercise, you’ll come back together with Myla to reflect on how it went, how you felt while writing, and how to make the most of the exercise for your own craft.

Whether you’re a seasoned writer ready for a new approach or looking to try your hand at something new, Myla’s class will provide you with the tools you need to get words down on paper right away. When you’re done, you’ll have the writing you did throughout the class, ready and waiting for you to turn it into a fully-fledged story!


***GIVEAWAY -- Win a signed copy of Myla's novel, Feast Your Eyes plus a 12-month Skillshare Premium Membership***

To thank everyone for participating in this class, we'll be giving away a personalized signed copy of Myla's latest novel along with a 12-month Skillshare Premium membership.

Share a review, discussion post, or project in this class by June 30 for a chance to win. If you've shared one previously, then you're already eligible :)