Jul 18, 2018
This course gave a real depth to the importance of describing your character's environment, as a way of deepening and exciting them. excellent work on imagining your characters in the environment
Mar 27, 2018
Excellent course- highly recommended. I liked how it tied into other courses in the series as well. I took many notes, and plan on revisiting the course during my writings to refresh some ideas.
von Srishti R•
May 22, 2019
This is an amazing course. I have done previous two courses as well and I find this one to be the best because the assignments are challenging and you can experiment with your writing. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and now I am going on to do the next course. Simply wonderful! And a must for anyone who wants to challenge and improve their descriptive writing.
von Renee C W•
Sep 27, 2018
For me, this might have been the most challenging course of the Creative Writing Specialization in that it targeted one of my weaknesses as a writer, but the assignments tested me and helped me to hone the craft of description (and setting). The lectures were a treat to listen to and learn from – Amity is a very engaging and knowledgeable teacher.
von Aisha K•
Jul 13, 2017
Each of the Creative Writing courses in this series has been meaningful and helpful to me as a novice writer. The material, instructors, guest speakers, practice assignments, and forums made learning enjoyable and effective. Most of all, the university and the seasoned professors/writers are inspiring individuals for whom I am eternally grateful!
von Hector M C L•
Jan 09, 2019
Amity is an excellent guide. The exercises are fun and match the lessons you are taking. I really enjoyed the course and feel it improved my attention to detail in my writing. I also liked the part about research which before I didn't do much of. Now I am very aware of learning about my settings and subjects before writing about them. Thanks!
von Jasmine K•
Jun 07, 2017
Amity is able to convey the abstract concepts that piece together an engaging and fluid composition using examples and exercises that are incredibly helpful to an aspiring writer. The insight she offers is invaluable and I feel privileged to have been able to access her teachings. I am looking forward to reading the books she has written.
von James D R•
Apr 13, 2018
This has been my favorite course of the three I've taken thus far.
I really enjoyed the reading material that acted as a demonstration of what we were being expected to write about.
The necessity to persuade the reader. I had never looked at it in this way, but from now on I will think of whether my settings are persuading the reader.
Mar 26, 2019
slow motion, significant detail, about genre or style, the perspective of the auto-biography for the contenu;
the discussion about the cours among the students;
the interview of the others writers was woundeful;
also the moment for us the student to think, to meditate, to read, and then to write, all this like the real class.
von Jane D•
Aug 18, 2019
I really enjoyed this course! The lecturer gives a great amount of information and advice that feel monitored in the videos in a way, so far this is my favourite course of the specialozation. I really liked being given many reading sources, they served a good example and clarification for what the assignments required.
von Freya D L•
Aug 30, 2017
I learned so much! Amity is an excellent teacher, the exercises were spot on, just what they needed to be to evolve as a writer. I learned a lot from reviewing my peer's work as well, and some of their feedback was very helpful. Excellent, excellent course, all four of them are just so good. Thank you!
von Abhishek T•
Jul 31, 2018
First, Amity is a great teacher.
Second, all courses of creative writing gave me much more than the lessons, they gave me wider horizons and confidence.
This one was so valuable, it made me learn various styles of telling stories, second person and lastly some secrets of how to create my story world.
Dec 20, 2017
Another excellent course in this program of study for the craft of creative writing, with practical exercises and useful constraints that really helped me to progress my understanding of creative writing and improve my storytelling skills. Suddenly, it's no longer agonising, but easy. Thank you!
von Lauren L•
Apr 15, 2017
This, for me, has been, by far the best part of the Creative writing course. Amity is an amazing instructor and gives great incite and lessons on Setting and description. She takes it one step further with readings and visualizations. I have learned so much that I can put to use! Highly reccomen
von Alexander F•
Feb 19, 2018
This is in my opinion the best one of the specialization so far. It has great references and additional content, readings, videos, etc. related to what's being studied. Gaige's comments are always thoughtful and inspiring. The other courses are all good too, but this one was exceptional.
von Victorya J•
Aug 22, 2016
Thank you so much Amity for all the knowledge that you have given me. Your approach to teaching is wonderful and I was intrigued by your views on writing. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from you. You are amazing and I feel blessed to have been you as an instructor. Again, thank you!
von Erica D•
May 31, 2016
loved this course, the prompts really got me thinking and writing about things/topics that were different for me. Being forced outside my comfort zone has really gotten me thinking about writing from a different angle and I think that will help so much moving back to my own writing
von Frankie W•
Mar 30, 2019
I love how Amity explained everything and the assignments and peer responses where wonderful. I got some great feedback and cannot wait to move further with my novel! Thank you everyone, and thank you so much to Amity for taking the time to put together your thoughts into a class!
von Amanda N•
Oct 31, 2017
Brilliant course. I started just auditing these modules but eventually completed all four (waiting to do the capstone) with peer review. All of the modules have been amazing and I continue to refer to them regularly. It's certainly built my confidence and skills. Thank you!
von Dena M•
Apr 12, 2017
Amity has been the best teacher in this course series. She had us, big gasp, actually READ some wonderful stories and passages. Nothing like a writer reading. Her lectures were spot on and interesting and dynamic. The assignments were clear and fun to complete. Thank you Amity!
von Liora H•
Mar 12, 2019
Excellent exercises. They really pushed me and challenged me to dive in and develop my ability to write and describe a setting. I feel that my observation in the process of writing has been refined - I pay more attention now to details in the setting while imagining a scene.
von Jerri L L•
May 18, 2016
I've enjoyed "The Craft of Setting and Description." It's given me a good chance to spend some time focusing on the details that matter. I've learned a lot about what to include where setting and description are concerned and what to leave out. It's been a very good course.
von David J M•
Feb 24, 2019
The course was excellent as was the teacher. I learned a great deal about writing and the weekly assignments really helped me as did reviewing peers work and having them review mine. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their creative writing.
von Hui J H•
May 24, 2019
I had to read this one instead of watch it but it was excellent and informative. I fully agree on the topic of treating setting as important as a character in its own right, because of all the media that has really demonstrated this. Spot on advice, love the lessons!
von Ole D J•
Feb 19, 2018
Can feel the missing pieces slowly fall together in my writing for every assignment.
So happy this and other related courses were made available on Coursera.
Will mention the author as well as this course in my first book if I manage to get it published.
Mar 14, 2017
Excellent. I truly enjoyed the content, the tasks, the feedback, and the instructor's ability to engage learners. I perceived Mrs. Gaige as a natural motivator and a great facilitator.
Thank you so much for your time. Mrs. Amity Gaige.
Sincerely, Maria Barreto
von Cora B•
Mar 30, 2016
I enjoyed the course of setting and description as this is an area I particularly enjoy and so it was a great learning experience and a chance for me to enhance my description and setting skills and Amaity Gaige really gave you a free hand at doing this.