Mon 15 Oct 2018 - Mon 03 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

8 Sessions
16 spots remaining.
Want your writing to leave a lasting impression? Love writing and want to develop your critical and creative skills? Take a look at classical and contemporary writers, illustrative examples, and identify common mistakes writers make which can be easily avoided.

Course outline

So you’ve always wanted to write? Love writing and want to develop your critical and creative skills? Take a look at classical and contemporary writers, illustrative examples, and identify common mistakes writers make which can be easily avoided. This course will cover:

  • Topic 1: Compelling Storytelling: What makes a great story? Where do great story ideas come from? What are the building blocks of compelling fiction?
  • Topic 2: Memorable characters: What makes a character memorable? How do you build your characters, their personality, their psychology, their world? How do they work within the overall cast of characters?
  • Topic 3: Dialogue: How do you write dialogue? How can you use it as a tool to tell the story? What is the difference between dialogue which works well and dialogue which does not?
  • Topic 4: Narrative positions: What point of view works best in which situations? How can you use the past, present and future tense to tell a story?
  • Topic 5: Creating your story world: How do you create a world that readers can engage in? How do you evoke a sense of time and place that supports the story?
  • Topic 6: Plot and structure: What makes for an effective plot? How do you use structure to support your story? What tools can you use to improve story structure?
  • Topic 7: Cut to the chase: writing in scenes: How do you write in scenes? What does it mean to write cinematically? How can you use ‘hooks’ to create momentum and tension and take your readers with you
  • Topic 8: Your writing practice: Why write? What are the things you need to keep your writing practice on track? Where can you go for more support and advice?

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • build on your existing knowledge of storytelling through books, film, TV and other sources
  • bring together knowledge, hints, tips, quotes, advice, and anecdotes from a range of writers and writing resources
  • tap into your creativity and develop a critical approach to improving your writing
  • use interactive workshops and exercises to build your skills and experience.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone who has completed some creative writing and wishes to build their creative capacity and develop their knowledge.

Mon 15 Oct 2018 - Mon 19 Nov 2018

18:00 - 20:00

6 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Teacher: Maureen Burdett

It has been said, the best way to get to know a poet is to read their poetry, as it is a continuous discourse of their life. Each week will be reading out loud, discuss, ask questions, find answers / or not and a ‘quiet time’ if required.

Each lesson will begin with any questions, concerns or suggestions from the previous week.

Session 1

  • Introduction to each other and to Judith Wright through what others have written about the Poet   Reading.
  • A block of reading material given to read ‘off-site’ out of class for discussion each progressive session

Session 2

  • Activist and what the poet writes of herself.
  • Reading from reading block

Session 3

  • Environmentalist
  • Reading from reading block

Session 4

  • Author
  • Reading from reading block

Session 5

  • Poetry as art  - art as poetry – Your view
  • A poets view and an artists view.
  • Reading from reading block

Session 6

  • Recap of course – back to the beginning – clarification – questions 
  • Poetry inspired by Judith Wright during the course
  • Further Reading recommended

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, students should:

  • Understand and know the writer Judith Wright
  • Read and explore the Poet as a whole
  • Understand the Poet as an author, Aboriginal Activist; environmentalist; independent Woman
  • Be informed of poetry as Art
  • Be informed of art as poetry
  • Disagree with the two points above?

Who should enrol

  • Anyone wishing to share  a Particular Poet’s life
  • Anyone willing to read, discuss, share their views and knowledge
  • Anyone willing to share their poetry inspired by Judith Wright