Creative Writing:Telling the Story

Course Code: ICW102
Day: Fri Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Prerequisites: Students interested in this course are asked to submit a writing sample to the TUJ Continuing Education Program office via The writing sample should be about 300 words in length and of relevance to the particular course. After receiving and reviewing the writing sample, program staff will confirm your eligibility for the course or suggest other courses that might better suit your needs. Location: In-Person (Tokyo)

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Course Description

This is a course for aspiring fiction writers. It covers the essential techniques of creative writing, helping move the story from your head onto the page. Each week focuses on a different aspect of fiction writing by exploring the work of established authors as well as the participants. The course includes three basic components: a writing workshop (where students provide thoughtful criticism of one another’s work), close reading (where students read and analyze fiction writing techniques by expert writers), and writing prompts (where students practice key aspects we have studied). The course includes a considerable amount of assigned reading and writing homework. In the end, the work done throughout the course will make you a better and more confident writer (and reader) of fiction. By the end of the course you will be able to understand and apply the fictional techniques studied to improve the quality of your own writing. You will learn all the elements of the creative writing craft that will allow you to tell your story!

Learning Objectives

1. Use essential creative writing techniques to make your writing vivid and engaging.
2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your own writing.
3. Find your voice as a writer.

Who should take this course

Those who aspire to write fiction (novels and short stories). Whether you are a complete beginner who has never written, or have been writing for many years, this course will help you tell your story.
English Level: Advanced

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No required textbook (Handout will be provided by the instructor)


Dan Sloan

Instructor Biography

Dan Sloan is a veteran multimedia journalist, who writes for Eurobiz Japan and other media after working at Reuters for 17 years. He is a frequent public speaker and commentator on current events, corporate communications and Japan for professional organizations and academic groups, a university instructor, and author of "Playing to Wiin: Nintendo and the Video Game Industry's Greatest Comeback." He is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan and a current Board Member.