Mon 05 Feb 2018 - Mon 09 Apr 2018

18:00 - 20:00

8 Sessions
10 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, your 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 wish to build their creative capacity and develop their knowledge.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 - Tue 27 Mar 2018

6:00pm - 8:00pm

6 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Putting thoughts into words is one thing, using them to reflect who you are and where you come from is quite another. Explore narrative and personal expression to help you find your writing voice.

Course outline 

  • Topic 1: What is voice? How does it work for different writers and in different kinds of writing? Using ethnography and cultural understanding to achieve your writing goals.
  • Topic 2: Basic narrative skills – what sort of work you want your voice to do and some of the key background to help you reach that goal.
  • Topic 3: Developing a unique voice (idiolect), understanding dialect, understanding context. 
  • Topic 4: Tools for developing voice and how to make your writing distinctive including structuring thought and narrative, writing using the five senses.
  • Topic 5: Editing to strengthen voice.
  • Topic 6: Locating voice - where do you write from?

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should:

  • a good understanding of what writing voice is and how to achieve it 
  • know how to achieve a strong voice and what types of writing works best for you
  • have a raft of exercises and techniques to help you further develop your unique voice
  • have a sound understanding of narrative as it relates to voice and be able to apply it to your own work.

Who should enrol

Anyone who has an interest in creative writing.

Course materials

Please bring a notepad and pen to each class.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Hidden in every published novel is a range of skills. Discover these skills and learn how to develop them, understand common pitfalls and take home a few tricks of the trade that will have you on the road to writing that novel you've been dreaming about.

Course outline

  • Topic 1:  Beginnings and ends
  • Topic 2: Developing and sustaining character
  • Topic 3: The world in the novel - making it real
  • Topic 4: Building tension
  • Topic 5: Audience and market and what this means for plot and character choices (genre and other matters)
  • Topic 6: Understanding voice (both of a character and of a writer)
  • Topic 7: Maintaining impetus (getting through the bad writing patches)
  • Topic 8: Editing one's own work

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 an interest in creative writing.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Start your award-winning novel series today by unlocking the mind of George RR Martin and the world he created in his ever-popular A Game of Thrones.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: What are the 'rules' for writing series of novels set in fantasy worlds. When can one break them (and when does Martin break them) and when should one stick to them?
  • Topic 2: Medieval and early modern Europe as a backdrop. What do we know, what can we find out and how important are these to writing fantasy?
  • Topic 3: Looking at Martin's writing style and at your own style, discover what this means for readers and how you can use approaches to create a fantasy world.
  • Topic 4: The world of Westeros – what works, what doesn't and what this means for your own fiction.
  • Topic 5: Telling detail – why it is so important in communicating Westeros to the reader? How to use it (with writing exercises)?
  • Topic 6: A look at how Martin has used medieval sources in the first volume of the series and how you can use similar narratives to create a sense of tension and realism in a novel.
  • Topic 7: Writing and selling a fantasy novel – how the writing industry works.

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.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Embark on a journey that will have you living, breathing and eating poetry. Be guided by your imagination to find the space you need to write words - words that will become poetry - with a little help of course!

Course outline

Your poetry journey starts here. But where will you finish? The possibilities are bound only by your imagination.

Be guided through a series of exercises and writing adventures to help unlock your writing creativity.

  • Topic 1: Leaving the known for the unknown – The eternal journey
  • Topic 2: Finding your path – Isolation, separation
  • Topic 3: The heart of the labyrinth – An encounter with Death
  • Topic 4: The wood between the worlds – Preparing to re-enter
  • Topic 5: The Ceremony of passage – Incorporation

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone who has an interest in poetry or creative writing.

Course materials

You will need a notepad, pen/pencil and an imagination.