Introduction to Inspirational Writing – WRIT 305

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the history and practice of inspirational writing.




Understanding the form and the function of inspirational writing is vital to appreciating its effect on society. This course will allow the student the opportunity to study the structure of inspirational writing as well as to produce inspirational writing.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Write a first chapter of a book of inspirational writing.
  2. Identify seminal authors and their theories in the field of inspirational writing.
  3. Assess inspirational writing while evaluating the effectiveness of the process.
  4. Analyze different approaches to inspirational writing.
  5. Articulate a clear personal philosophy of inspirational writing.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 1 citation from the course textbooks. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Foundational Writing Projects (4)

The student will write a focused description for each of the following topics: Personal Philosophy, Audience, Character Review, and Context. Each assignment must be used to support the Final Project, and lecture material must also be incorporated into each assignment. Each assignment must be at least 500 words and be submitted through the SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

Creative Writing Exercise

The student will write a scene of at least 500 words that might feature in his or her manuscript. It should not be a scene the student plans to use for the final project, but it should be a scene the student could envision using at some point in his or her fiction or nonfiction manuscript. The student will use, regardless of whether he or she has chosen fiction or nonfiction, narrative techniques/building blocks that are commonly used in both genres.

Book Proposal

The student will write a book proposal with the following items: title, author biography, book description, overview of book/chapter summaries with titles, audience, author promotion and platform, competition, manuscript length, ship date/completion date.

Final Project

The Final Project represents the student’s first attempt at a first chapter of an inspirational book, either fiction or nonfiction. The student will integrate what he or she has written in the Foundational Writing Projects as well as lessons learned in the textbook readings and in the lectures. This assignment must be 1,500–2,000 words and be submitted through the SafeAssign link in Blackboard.