The “Creative Writing from A to Z” Series

A comprehensive writing course, with break-through writing exercises from brainstorming through finished draft. Created and read by Elizabeth Ayres, founding director of the Center for Creative Writing.

What if you could experience the thrill of a well-taught creative writing course — whenever and wherever you chose?

What if that course had you creating effortlessly from the very first exercise, and explained the complexities of the writing process with elegant clarity?

Creative Writing from A to Z does all that and more. Designed and read by celebrated writing teacher Elizabeth Ayres, this audio course distills the wisdom of a lifetime spent teaching aspiring writers how to write.

Containing original material not published anywhere else, Creative Writing from A to Z shows you how to break through inner obstacles, unleash your imagination, and master the skills you need to become the writer you dream you can be.  You’ll learn:

  • “Imaginative Layering,” a breakthrough technique for generating limitless creative writing ideas;
  • “Extrospection,” a powerful method for using your five senses to get “unstuck;”
  • “Structure,” an intuitive, right-brained approach to organization that reveals the underlying shape of any fiction writing, nonfiction writing or poetry writing project.

You’ll also find dozens of other exciting tools to help you overcome writer’s block, take your craft to the next level, and jump start your imagination with the guidance of an exceptional teacher.

Twelve audiobooks, available individually or as a set

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A Comprehensive & Unique Writing Course

Broader in scope than most writing classes, with an organic approach to the writing process you won’t learn anywhere else, Creative Writing from A to Z is available in a series of twelve 45-minute MP3 downloads, sold separately or as a single package.

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Elizabeth writes:  Want a true-life, behind-the-scenes story? On the original Sounds True recording, I wasn’t allowed to read from the newly-published Writing the Wave. Instead, I was asked to ad-lib for an entire week. When I finished, I thought for sure I’d die on the plane ride home, since I’d said absolutely everything I could possibly ever say about writing, creativity and the writing process. You get it all with this audiobook course — the whole enchilada, the full monty — 12 inspiring writing exercises and a totally ‘Elizabethan’ commentary on the writing life — from A to Z!

Creative Writing from A to Z: The Complete Series

creative writing from a to z - the complete series12 forty-five minute MP3 downloads
9 hours of instruction, $130 (no refunds except for defects)
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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 1 - Preparing to Write

creative writing from a to z - preparing to writeExplore the many issues that impact a writer's practice and could stop you before you start if you don't get a handle on them.  Practical issues such as discipline, self-doubt and finding time to write are covered, along with 'big picture' concepts:  the nature of imagination, self-discovery as a critical component of the creative act and the relationship between process and product.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 2 - Getting Started

creative writing from a to z - getting startedLearn the fundamental principle of all creative writing, 'imaginative layering.' With this tool you can effortlessly generate stories, poems, articles, essays – anything you wish to write – using nothing but random stimuli and your own imagination. The Layering technique helps you avoid the two problems aspiring writers wrestle with: not having enough to say and having too much to say. You'll also explore and understand the 'hows' and 'whys' of creativity.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 3 - Purpose & Point of View

creative writing from a to z - purpose & point of viewUnderstand how purpose influences the choices you make as an artist, giving you control over your material. Learn to manipulate point of view to multiply creative possibilities. Both concepts are fully explored in this Session, which also demonstrates the critical relationship between actual and invented experience. You'll feel a lot freer to "make it up" when you know you don't have to make up everything!

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 4 - Identifying & Developing Themes

creative writing from a to z - identifying & developing themesExpand the usefulness of the 'imaginative layering' tool. Build on your understanding of purpose, learning to communicate the complexities of a specific idea through scenes or images. This Session helps you open to the rich resources of the unconscious while maintaining control over the emergent material. It will also teach you to avoid the single biggest mistake beginning writers make -- trying to work with "half baked" ideas.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 5 - Structure (An Introduction)

creative writing from a to z - structure (an introduction)Cultivate artistic integrity, a unique marriage of vision and execution that transforms mere words into art. Learn to introduce shape, structure and coherence into your written work. In this Session, you will also acquire a unique, visual tool for organizing complex material called "WallWork." This tool allows you to tap into the rich reservoir of the unconscious while maintaining conscious control over it.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 6 - Structure (Balancing Order and Spontaneity)

creative writing from a to z - structure (balancing order & spontaneity)Organize any kind of writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, even screenplays) using an immensely valuable tool. In this Session, you'll explore the difference between free flow (a right-brain activity) and organization (a left-brain activity). Then, you'll learn how to impose order on your free flow without sacrificing flexibility and spontaneity. You'll finally get an answer to the perennial question, "How do I know when my work is finished?"

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 7 - Structure (Beginning, Middle & End)

creative writing from a to z - structure (beginning, middle, & end)Create a left-brained outline using right-brained techniques: layering, introspection and "extrospection" (a term coined by Elizabeth). The outline is a classic structural device that can enhance or inhibit your abilities. Here, at last, you learn to use, not abuse, this tool, conquering fear ("outline phobia") and writer's block ("death by outline") simultaneously. You'll also get tips for managing your inner critic so it doesn't manage you.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 8 - Structure (the Modeling approach)

creative writing from a to z - Structure (the Modeling approach)Learn a step-by-step process wherein you create a structural model and merge new content into it. The resulting work is uniquely self-expressive, yet possesses the coherence of the original structure. For example, James Joyce's Ulysses is uniquely his, yet it follows the structure of Homer's Odyssey. You'll also learn how to identify structural models in literature and in the world around you, adapting them to your own imaginative needs.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 9 - Focus, Intention & Problem-Solving

creative writing from a to z - focus, intention, & problem-solvingCultivate problem-solving skills, because no matter how smoothly the work is going now, at some point, you're bound to run out of ideas. When enthusiasm dries up and the writing grinds to a halt, you'll be grateful for the techniques you've acquired in this Session. You'll learn four practical devices you can rely on to engage your imagination and gain access to hidden reserves of creativity, as well as tips for crafting powerful focus statements.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 10 - Put Passion into Lifeless Writing

creative writing from a to z - put passion into lifeless writingStrengthen your writing using specific methods for accessing the passions, emotions, values and beliefs that makes good writing great: powerful, alive. You'll also learn how to balance the personal and impersonal dimensions of experience, so that your writing is always meaningful for you and your readers.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 11 - Striking It Rich: A Writer's Gold

creative writing from a to z - striking it rich: a writer's goldFind the order inherent in your chaos. This is always the work of creation, and writers must dig up a lot of dirt to get to their gold: something meaningful for writer and reader alike. In this Session, you'll learn how to do that and how to identify that uniquely personal, intuitive feeling of 'This is it, this will work.' You'll also be introduced to revision tips that originate in the rhythm and structure of your sentences.

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Creative Writing from A to Z: Session 12 - What's Next? Next? Next?

creative writing from a to z - what's next? next? next?Rejuvenate your writing vitality! Writers are not nuclear power plants. Whenever you finish a work – a book, a poem, a story, an essay – you're temporarily depleted of psychic energy. "What do I write about next?" is a question you'll have to answer time after time throughout your writing life, but there's no need to panic! This Session gives you a reliable, repeatable method for recharging your creative battery while discovering what project calls out to your imagination, Write me now!

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