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Write a Story

with Joshua Mohr

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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  •   04 Does an Audience Need to Like Characters?

    10:25

Class duration: 4h 40m

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About The Class

Don't let the fear of writing keep you from starting

Have you always wanted to write a story but do not know where to start? Are you a writer that would like to improve your writing skills? Join Josh Mohr, who has received accolades from O Magazine and had his books listed as an "Editor's Choice" by the New York Times. In this class, you'll learn tools, advice, and tips on how to get started with creative writing. Josh will walk you through 9 creative writing prompts, that you can share or keep for yourself, and be on your way to becoming an active writer. 

Class highlights include:

  • Specific techniques to help you develop your writing skills
  • Learn conflict, character, and scene building
  • Create a strategy that will help any writer build characters and plot
  • How to grow a scene to reach its full potential


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    14:30
  2. 02

    Tips to Maximize a Scene's Potential

    33:18
  3. 03

    Techniques to Bring Emotional Depth to Scenes

    20:50
  4. 04

    Does an Audience Need to Like Characters?

    10:25
  5. 05

    The Kiss Between Plot & Character

    33:52
  6. 06

    How to Create a Meaningful Series of Events

    23:21
  7. 07

    Characters with Psychological Depth

    40:15
  8. 08

    The Dance Between Reader & Main Character

    29:26
  9. 09

    Techniques to Determine a Scene's Length

    42:34
  10. 10

    How to Establish a Hierarchy of Information in Scenes

    13:02
  11. 11

    Concluding Thoughts

    18:31

Meet Your Expert

Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including “Damascus,” which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.”  He’s also written “Fight Song” and “Some Things that Meant the World to Me,” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as “Termite Parade,” an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times.  His novel “All This Life” recently won the Northern California Book Award. He is the executive editor at Decant Editorial and his first book of nonfiction, a memoir entitled “Sirens,” is due out January 2017. ... read more

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  • Tania Gomez

    Tania Gomez

    August 2017

    I really enjoyed this class. It was inspiring and packed with very wise advise for upcoming writers. Josh was great in teaching us "how to fish", instead of just feeding it to us. Thank you for this amazing class, Josh!

  • robincarleen

    robincarleen

    August 2016

    this was a great class and I learned what I had never heard before from others teaching about writing. His approach fits my way of thinking and I felt totally comfortable in class and with sharing what I had written. Josh was great, encouraging, informative and a great wordsmith!

  • Erik

    January 2019

    I am a filmmaker and as such I have read and gone through so many methodologies in my own chosen art form as well as in a lot of others. There is a huge common ground when it comes to communicating or telling stories. Writing in its broad sense, that is an essay, a novel, or even a screenplay is at its core essence, the same. Sure, you have techniques and tools specific to all of those different "containers", but generating ideas, connecting with audiences, telling truths and playing with one's own imagination is a common ground to every written art form. I must admit I haven't read any of Josh's books, but I can definitely tell that he is an incredible communicator and a well experienced writer, because Josh puts difficult and unclear concepts into simple definitions, and gives techniques in order to get your own cooking progressing. I am really happy I took this online class. I will definitely use a lot of Josh's teachings in my future screenplay writings. Thanks to Josh for sharing, thanks to Creative Live for making it available. Erik (Spain)

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