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Creative Writing

These OWL resources will help you with the basics of creative writing. This section includes resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Fiction Writing Basics

This resource discusses some terms and techniques that are useful to the beginning and intermediate fiction writer, and to instructors who are teaching fiction at these levels. The distinction between beginning and intermediate writing is provided for both students and instructors, and numerous sources are listed for more information about fiction tools and how to use them. A sample assignment sheet is also provided for instructors. This resource covers the basics of plot, character, theme, conflict, and point-of-view.

Pattern and Variation in Poetry

A brief rundown on the basic concepts of pattern and variation and how they can be used when writing poems.

Pattern and Variation: Aural

A brief exploration of the various aspects of sound that can be utilized when making a poem. The crafting of the aural aspects of a poem is what we may call "ear training." Thus, the crafting of the visual aspects is what we'd call "eye training."

Pattern and Variation: Visual

A brief exploration of the various visual aspects that can be utilized when making a poem. If the crafting of the aural aspects of a poem is what we may call "ear training," the crafting of the visual aspects is what we'd call "eye training."

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