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Writing Lessons Grouped by Relevant Topics

PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:49 pm
by glorybee
These lists of lessons should be helpful for those of you who want to embark on a self-taught curriculum based on your own interests or strengths. If there's another grouping you'd like to see, please let me know as a reply to this post.

The groups in this post: The Writing Challenge judging criteria (and critique), Fiction writing, Nonfiction writing, Poetry writing, Genres, Writing mechanics

New lessons will be added to the appropriate list(s) as they are written.

THE WRITING CHALLENGE JUDGING CRITERIA AND CRITIQUE

On topic writing, part a (1st judging criterion)
On topic writing, part b (1st judging criterion)
On topic writing, part c (1st judging criterion)
Creative, unique, and fresh (2nd judging criterion)
Creativity (2nd judging criterion)
Craftsmanship (3rd judging criterion)
Well-constructed nonfiction (3rd judging criterion)
Well-constructed poems (3rd judging criterion)
Well-crafted short story (3rd judging criterion)
Beginnings, #1--the 4th judging criterion
Beginnings, #2--the 4th judging criterion
Beginnings, #3--the 4th judging criterion
Conclusion #1--the 5th judging criterion
Conclusion #2-- the 5th judging criterion
Having a point #1--6th judging criterion
Having a point #2--6th judging criterion
Flow (7th judging criterion)
Publishable writing (8th judging criterion)
Critiques—what they look like
Giving and receiving critique
Learning from critique
Negative critique

FICTION WRITING

1st person and memoir
2nd person
3rd person
Alliteration
Allusion
Anachronism
Avoiding ethnic stereotypes
Beginnings, #1--the 4th judging criterion
Beginnings, #2--the 4th judging criterion
Beginnings, #3--the 4th judging criterion
Biblical fiction
Characterization
Cliches
Climax
Conflict
Description
Dialogue, #1
Dialogue, #2
Dialogue, #3
Exposition and hook
Find your own voice
Head hopping
Hyperbole
Imagery
Intentional anachronism
Interesting characters
Learning from the pros
Magic endings (NOT about magic)
Man vs. man
Man vs. nature
Man vs. self
Melodrama
Mood
Nosy narrators
Onomatopoeia
Out of the box writing
Pacing
Paragraphs
Plot
POV #1
POV #2
POV characters
Purple prose
Reading to write
Realistic dialog
Repetition
Research in fiction
Resources for writers, #1
Resources for writers, #2
Setting
Setting the Scene
Show, Don't Tell
Surprise
Suspense
Symbolism
Tell, don’t show
Title
Voice, #1
Voice, #2
Voice, #3
Working with an editor
Writing lingo

NONFICTION WRITING

1st person and memoir
2nd person
3rd person
Avoiding ethnic stereotypes
Capitalizing pronouns for God
Cliches
Creative nonfiction
Devotionals
Find your own voice
Gender neutral language
Geocentricity
Imagery
Learning from the pros
Out of the box writing
Pacing
Paragraphs
Reading to write
Research in nonfiction
Resources for writers, #1
Resources for writers, #2
Title
Transparency
Voice, #1
Voice, #2
Voice, #3
Working with an editor
Writing lingo

POETRY WRITING

Acrostic
Alliteration
Clerihew
Formatting Poetry
Free verse, #1
Free verse, #2
Haiku
Hyperbole
Imagery
Learning from the pros
Limerick
Meter
Narrative poetry
Onomatopoeia
Out of the box writing
Quatrain
Reading to write
Repetition
Resources for writers, #1
Resources for writers, #2
Rhyme
Rhyme scheme
Slant rhyme
Symbolism
Tiny poems
Title
Triolet
Villanelle
Working with an editor
Writing lingo

GENRES

1st person and memoir
Action/adventure
Allegory
Biography
Biography #2
Coming of age story
Contemporary fiction
Fantasy
Humor
Inspirational writing
Plays, skits, and screenplays
Science fiction
Slice of life
Stream of consciousness
Suspense/thriller
Travelogue

WRITING MECHANICS

Adjective and adverb overuse
Adjectives in the proper order
Breaking the rules, part a
Breaking the rules, part b
Capitalizing pronouns for God
Commas
Commas with conjunctions
Common errors
Commonly misused words, part 1
Commonly misused words, part 2
Compound sentences
Paragraphs
Punctuating dialogue #1
Punctuating dialogue #2
Self-editing
Sentence structures
Simple sentences
Tenses
Tight writing
Transitions
Word choice

Re: Writing Lessons Grouped by Relevant Topics

PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:21 pm
by JudySauer
Jan,
Most helpful.
:thankssign

Re: Writing Lessons Grouped by Relevant Topics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:36 pm
by nicki
Hi Jan,
Have you written any lessons specifically on online writing, blogging etc?
:thankssign
Nicki

Re: Writing Lessons Grouped by Relevant Topics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:40 pm
by glorybee
nicki wrote:Hi Jan,
Have you written any lessons specifically on online writing, blogging etc?
:thankssign
Nicki


No--but that's an intriguing topic. Can you be any more specific about what in particular you'd like to know?

In the meantime, some of the lessons under 'nonfiction' may be of interest.

Re: Writing Lessons Grouped by Relevant Topics

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:19 pm
by nicki
Thanks for your reply, Jan. I will take a look at your nonfiction lessons. I have just purchased an ebook from amazon.com.au called,

"So You Think You Can Write? The Definitive Guide to Successful Online Writing" by Julia McCoy

She covers all sorts of topics, including the role of SEO in online content writing, seven types of online content, how to write blogs, how to write for social media etc.

Kind regards,
Nicki :D

Re: Writing Lessons Grouped by Relevant Topics

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:23 pm
by glorybee
Yikes! I'm sure that book will have far more of what you're interested in learning than a 1,000-word lesson from me would have! Let us know if you find it helpful.