Mon 22 Jul 2019 - Mon 09 Sep 2019

6:00PM - 8:00PM

8 Sessions
12 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.
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Can't wait until the final season? 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 a 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.