I loved this course! Extremely useful and hands on. The course instructor was really impressive, both informative and empathetic, both arty and to the point. Totally admired her style of instruction.
The course was very well-structured and challenging. The instructor is very experienced and good, thus used relevant materials for this course, be it the guests, or the assignments, or the examples.
von Elizabeth E•
I did come away with some good books/stories for reading, but would have like them to be included in the course the way it is in the Setting and Description module. I found the videos did not always lead up to the assignment, and I think the assignments could have been more clearly laid out. I still came away learning, but it did not feel very structured. To be fair, character is a sort of amorphous subject to begin with.
von Subash G•
If the week 4 was not there, i would have a 2 or even a 1 for this class.
Until week 4, there was very little connection between what we were watching and what we were asked to write assignments. And the assignments were also confusing and overly restrictive. There didnt seem to be any sense in why we were asked to write those.
von Finn C S•
It was good , but in comparison to the other courses it had problems.
There was way too less of clear strucutre to follow and it was too much of just talking, with different authors. I would have liked to have a more organized and better structured theoretical input.
Also some of the assignments I did not find usefull.
von Jamaluddin K•
The lectures were informative, but the end-of-week assignments were VERY poorly explained, generally had little to do with the week's lectures, and to add insult to injury had grading criteria that did not correspond with the points that were laid out in the instructions.
von Lauren V B•
The first assignment was a lot of fun but the other three were a little confusing, as evidenced by the ever-recurring questions on the forum. The videos were usually really interesting though. Amy has a very pleasant voice but seems to rely on her notes a little too much.
von Thomas O•
Not by far as good as the first module (Craft of Plot). This course seemed less planned and structured. The videos were mostly interviews that sort of touched upon the subjects but hardly ever got into detail. The assignments were often vague and harder to understand.
I found the assignment instructions to be quite confusing. Some of the questions asked for the peer-to-peer reviews were very unclear. I didn't feel the course, overall, offered the same level of content and knowledge that the Craft of Plot offered.
von Jeanette D•
I think Judy Bloom is a brilliant writer. She is also an engaging instructor but I found it difficult at time to discern what the salient points or "take-aways" were from the lectures. I also found the assignment to be less than clear.
von Gabriel T•
I've got the chance to practice writing and I've learned some interesting insights, but I think the instructor didn't put too much effort into this course. All there is to it are 'shop talks' and too little structure.
von Crystal M•
I felt like the teaching was fairly abstract, and I had a difficult time figuring out how I was supposed to apply certain lessons. Overall, I did pick up several helpful hints, so the course was worth it.
von Nathan B•
I found most of the assignments very confusing and difficult to complete. It is a real challenge and forces you to really think, think hard and hope for the best. If you take the course, good luck.
von Mahaba S A S•
The course was very interesting and shed light on the specifics on character development. However, the questions in most peer-graded assignments were some times not suitable for the assignment.
von Yash K•
The course material is great, but the grading usually doesn't result in me getting good feedback. Most students just write "good" without expanding on how I can improve.
von Dominique S•
The information provided is great, but there's so many "shop talks" aka interviews with other Coursera instructors that it misses out on so many possible true lessons.
von Lu O•
Achei as atividades um pouco cansativas, e pouco intuitivas. Os vídeos mais longos e com momentos mais entediantes em relação ao primeiro modulo.
von Emilio M L•
I honestly didn't learn a lot more than in the first course of the specialization. Some of the assignments were a little off-putting to me.
von Sara A•
The assignments are hard to understand and not well explained. They are also completely irrelevant to the lessons of the week.
von Davide P•
Has been a great course but I would have loved more readings and a little bit more formal rules to sketch our own characters.
von Laura B•
Good information in the videos. The assignments were difficult and didn't seem related to the material from the lectures.
von stanislava o•
I liked a lot of what was said. I wish I had some more concrete advice for building character - if such a thing exists.
von Deleted A•
Great material but students grading other student's work becomes a problem if they can prohibit another from passing.
von Valarie K•
Good course, but assignment instructions were difficult to understand at times and no examples were given.
von Sanelisiwe E M•
This course is beneficial to all those who struggle with character plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
von Stephanie E•
In the second course, the talks were not as useful for the assignments, particularly in week 2.
von Hector M C L•
It is good but I think the lectures are a little disjointed from each other and the exercises.