Wesleyan University

UNSW Sydney

Princeton University

Michigan State University

NYU

Deep Teaching Solutions

Creative Storytelling

"Write so that people can hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart."

- Maya Angelou

The Details

If you think about it, life is really one big story. What story do you want to tell? What world do you want to create? As a creative writer, you will be able to craft your own story and stories for publications and organizations. There is so much room for creativity and exploration in this field. You will master the techniques that good writers use to compose a bracing story, populated with memorable characters in an interesting setting, written in a fresh, descriptive style. To complement your creative writing skills, we have added transmedia storytelling, script writing, and performance studies, giving you the exposure to a wide variety of writing industries and styles. With the skills and knowledge acquired in this WorkMYX, you will feel confident writing creatively for a variety of audiences and outlets in the digital age.

Why It’s Hot Right Now

  • The need for writers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029 (source: bls.gov)

  • There is an easy point of entry with relatively short on demand training (source: bls.gov)

Influencers in the Field

Spike Lee, George Lucas, Steven King, Quentin Tarantino, Lena Dunham

Let’s Talk About the $

$50,109 (source: ziprecruiter.com)

Social Impact

This is project-dependent as you will often be writing content geared to a specific audience.

PLEASE NOTE: You have a choice of the Michigan State: Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode for a TV or Web Series, New York University: Richard Schechner's Introduction to Performance Studies, or The MacMaster, UC San Diego: Learning How to Learn.

PATHWAYS:

WHAT YOU WALK AWAY WITH

BS degree in communications

TIME

6-8 semesters

COST

$40,000-$68,000

OR

workmyxCreative Storytelling

WHAT YOU WALK AWAY WITH

  • Skills needed to become a successful writer by cultivating your imagination to create unimagined worlds and populate them with interesting characters facing distinctive challenges.
  • TIME

    1 semester

    COST

    $425

    workmyx: Creative Storytelling

    1. Wesleyan University

    Creative Writing

    This Specialization covers elements of three major creative writing genres: short story, narrative essay, and memoir. You will master the techniques that good writers use to compose a bracing story, populated with memorable characters in an interesting setting, written in a fresh descriptive style. You will analyze and constructively evaluate peer writing. In the Capstone, you will draft, rewrite, and complete a substantial original story in the genre of your choosing.

    What You’ll Learn

    • How to craft your plot and characters

    • How to create settings and descriptions

    • How to find and hone your distinctive style and voice

    2. UNSW Sydney

    Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative Worlds, Emerging Technologies, and Global Audiences

    Transmedia storytelling is the practice of designing, sharing, and participating in a cohesive story experience across multiple traditional and digital delivery platforms - for entertainment, advertising and marketing, or social change. Have you ever read a book, seen a movie, watched a television show, or played a game that centred around different aspects of a larger story or universe? You may be familiar with popular examples of such universes like Star Wars, Marvel, and The Walking Dead (to name a few).

    How do the professionals develop such expansive narratives? How do they ensure that each element stays true to the original story? How do they innovatively use different technologies to share the stories, grow audiences and create an active and involved community of fans?

    More and more, we are also engaging with elements or franchises of larger and more complex stories across a much more diverse range of platforms like interactive web experiences, social media communities, mobile devices, theme parks, and even augmented and virtual reality. A major challenge that current and future storytellers face is being able to engage different audiences in a story that is seamlessly told across all of these different platforms.

    What You’ll Learn

    • How to shape your ideas into compelling and well structured narratives and complex story worlds

    • Identify, understand, and engage different audiences in your stories

    • Create cohesive user experiences across different platforms

    • Evaluate existing and emerging technologies to share your story with the world, and help your audience participate in the larger storyworld you create

    3. Princeton University

    Imagining Other Earths

    Are we alone? This course introduces core concepts in astronomy, biology, and planetary science that enable the student to speculate scientifically about this profound question and invent their own solar systems.

    What You’ll Learn

    • Explore the vast question, “what is life”

    • Deep dive into all the planets as well as asteroids and comets

    • Kepler’s Law and Search for Extrasolar Planets

    4. Michigan State University

    Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode for a TV or Web Series

    In this project-centered course, you will design a series bible and write a complete pilot episode for your own unique television or web series, be it drama or comedy or something in between. You’ll learn to break down the creative process into components, and you’ll discover a structured process that allows you to produce a polished and pitch-ready script in just a few weeks. Completing this project will increase your confidence in your ideas and abilities, and you’ll feel prepared to pitch your first script and get started on your next.

    What You’ll Learn

    • The skills and knowledge to write a successful TV series

    • Develop a TV series concept

    • Write an entire pilot episode

    5. NYU

    Richard Schechner's Introduction to Performance Studies

    Performance Studies: An Introduction explores the wide world of performance—from theatre, dance, and music to ritual, play, political campaigns, social media, and the performances of everyday life. Performance studies also ranges across cultures--Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas. And it spans historical periods from the art of the paleolithic caves to YouTube and the avantgarde. This course is devised by Richard Schechner, one of the pioneers of performance studies, in dialogue with more than a dozen expert scholars and artists. Performance Studies: An Introduction puts students in dialogue with the most important ideas, approaches, theories, and questions of this dynamic, new academic field.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Articulate and analyze the major concepts of performance studies

    • Comprehend key terms of performance studies, including is/as performance, restored behavior, ritual, play, make-belief/make-believe, performance in everyday life, the performative, and intercultural performance

    • Produce collaborative work that demonstrates teamwork in applying ideas learned in the course

    • Articulate how the major concepts of the course relate to their own experiences and worldviews

    6. Deep Teaching Solutions

    Learning How To Learn

    This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

    Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life. If you’re already an expert, this peep under the mental hood will give you ideas for: turbocharging successful learning, including counter-intuitive test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets. If you’re struggling, you’ll see a structured treasure trove of practical techniques that walk you through what you need to do to get on track. If you’ve ever wanted to become better at anything, this course will help serve as your guide.

    What You'll Learn

    • Illusions of learning, memory techniques and how to master tough subjects
    • Proven techniques to help you deal with procrastination
    • How to turbocharge successful learning including practical techniques

    This work totals 183 hours over the course of 15 weeks

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    Wesleyan University

    UNSW Sydney

    Princeton University

    Michigan State University

    NYU

    Deep Teaching Solutions