Six Week Character & Critique Short Story Genre Course - Online
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OCTOBER 13 to NOVEMBER 24, 2014
This course is run online and only once per year.
EARLY BIRD FEE:
ABOUT THE COURSE:
This course is ideal if you have completed Unlocking Creativity and want to keep your passion for creative writing alive and further develop your writing and story telling skills.The more you write, the more you learn, the better your writing will be.
You will develop and explore the characters you want to write about within the framework of four key genres:
Love/Romance, Thriller/Action, Comedy and Fantasy/Magic Realism
You will write a 1250-1500 word story in each genre and receive constructive feedback on everything you post.
The genres are the modern storytelling forms whose story patterns resonate deeply with the psyche of your readers. By exploring various genres, you will take your understanding of story and character to another level.
Understanding different genres will dramatically improve your ability to create powerful characters and stories. The course will also push your writing and stories into new directions and emotional depths you may not have imagined possible.
If you are interested in doing the 10-Month Novel and Script First Draft Course Live or Online, the six-week course is an excellent opportunity to explore and develop characters and story ideas before embarking on the longer journey. They give writers the opportunity to explore characters and stories they might wish to take further and expand into a novel or screenplay.
DURING THE COURSE YOU WILL:
Many writers have been inspired by the characters and stories they have developed in this course and gone on to write longer pieces.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GENRE
The first question most agents, editors and producers will ask you is - what genre is your story? Because that's where you'll find your story's emotional spine.American writing teacher, John Truby, says, "Writers typically underestimate the importance of mastering genre. Genres aren't just systems for expressing certain themes. They are also strategies for storytelling"
And as Randy Ingermanson explains, creating an emotional reaction within a reader is the key to creating powerful fiction.
"Think about any of the major genres of fiction and you see that each packs some sort of emotional punch."
One of the ways genres set themselves apart from one another is that they each ask a different central question or force the hero/heroine to make a crucial decision.
ABOUT ROLAND AND THE WRITERS' STUDIO
Roland Fishman has been a professional writer for over 30 years and has published three books, two of which were bestsellers. After working as a journalist and columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend and The Financial Review, he decided to dedicate his life to storytelling and the creative process as he believes writing fiction nourishes the spirit for both the writer and the reader.
He founded The Writers’ Studio in 1992 where he draws on his own career as a writer, as well as his experiences traveling around the world learning the art and craft of writing from best-selling authors and elite teachers.
For nearly twenty years he has personally guided thousands of people through the creative process at The Writers’ Studio using his unique step-by-step process. He conducts all live courses and hand picks our dedicated online tutors to ensure you get the best possible guidance, support and instruction.
They will coach you, keep you inspired, accountable and on track, bringing out the best in your and your writing.