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Course Review: – Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story

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Length: 1 hour 59 minutes
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In lieu of some free membership to Lynda for being a member of the State Library of Queensland, I recently decided to see what the Lynda service had to offer. There was a bunch of tech courses, but I felt disinclined to do tutorials on software or hardware. Further exploration revealed a few dozen courses on communication with some writing courses in the mix. Among the offerings was a writing course by renowned writing teacher Lisa Cron and I found my interest perked because I had heard good things about her teaching.
Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story deals predominantly with defining and refining plot. This is affected by way of a bunch of different activities such as tightening synopsis to get to the meat of a story. Lisa also covers removing content from scenes that will inevitably act as distractions away from the main plot and various arcs. These are broken up into twelve sections that consist of three videos of around ten minutes per section.
Lisa Cron doesn’t linger on a subject too long, in a sense teaching by doing. You can certainly see numerous other elements in the structure of the course itself that reflect the elements that she is attempting to impart upon students. Her manner is friendly throughout, giving the sense that she has a stake in the student actually learning what she is teaching.
Though I may have disagreed with some her points (this is likely an issue with my understanding of the terminology used rather than errors on Lisa’s part), I found the course to be an excellent introduction to fiction writing as well as a nice refresher for more experienced writers. If you have the chance to check out the course then I highly recommend that you do so because it is always helpful to keep the elements fresh in your mind whenever you are doing any form of communication.


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