These OWL resources will help you with the basics of creative writing. This section includes resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
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.
A brief rundown on the basic concepts of pattern and variation and how they can be used when writing poems.
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."
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."
These resources discuss character creation and development in fiction writing. They provide an overview of character archetypes and tools to aid in character building.
The following resource provides the reader with a better understanding of invention and invention strategies for poetry writing. It includes a number of exercises that can be used to aid in the invention process.
This resource provides an introduction to creative nonfiction, including an overview of the genre and an explanation of major sub-genres.
These resources cover the kinds of writing a creative writer performs in order to get their writing published, such as inquiry letters and biographical notes.