Creative Writing for All: A 10-Day Journaling Challenge

Emily Gould, Writer

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6 Videos (26m)
    • Intro: Your 10-Day Challenge!

    • Examples: Julavits and Wolfe

    • Tips for Noticing

    • Emily Writes

    • Revision

    • Closing


About This Class

The Class: Internationally acclaimed author Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge! Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks, it's perfect for writers and enthusiasts eager to rekindle creativity in a personal and artful way.

The Prompt: Commit to writing 10 minutes a day for 10 days (starting with "Today I noticed...") and, on the final day, revise one entry into a finished piece.

Why: Use this class to ban writer's block and get your good ideas down on paper! 


Be sure to check out Emily's first Skillshare class about writing personal essays.

375 of 387 students recommendSee All

The videos are really well made and Emily herself is personable and very easy to follow as she talks. The exercise itself is great in its simplicity and it really forces you to think about that first line. I think it's a really good solution to writer's block as well as a solid practice for day to day living. Definitely something I'm thinking of implementing permanently. Emily also introduced two authors I likely wouldn't have otherwise considered which was a really nice surprise!
Laura Sky

the curves of your lips rewrite history.

This series is short, fun and entertaining! I love the exercises and especially appreciate the tips. Very helpful!
If nothing else, this helps frame your journal entries in a certain way! More than likely, though, it will jar you out of a funk or some sort of rut that you're in. I especially like the "gratitude writing" example and may want to write that way for 10 days, 30 days or even the rest of my life. Who knows? I am grateful that I learned so much in this course, it's like being given a cigarette lighter that can light a thousand candles from a single flick.





Emily Gould


Emily Gould is an American author, co-owner of the indie bookstore Emily Books, and former editor of

Her essay collection And the Heart Says Whatever was published by Free Press in May 2010, and her novel Friendship was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014.

She blogs at and You can also follower her on Twitter at @EmilyGould and @emilybooks.