Six Week Writers' Gym - Advanced Writing Techniques - Online

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FEBRUARY 24 to APRIL 7, 2014

ONLINE ONLY - We run this course only once per year


COURSE FEE:  $445 (incl GST)  

Pre-requisite: Unlocking Creativity Course


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HOW THE COURSE WORKS

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This course is ideal for writers who have completed Unlocking Creativity and/or the Six Week Character & Critique Courses and want to continue with their creative process.

This course will give you tools and techniques to further develop your writing and storytelling skills, including:

  • the ability to develop characters and make them come alive on the page
     
  • keys to writing powerful dialogue 
     
  • the means to capture your character's voice through inner dialogue
     
  • structural techniques that will build tension into your writing and make your scenes more dramatic
     
  • editing tools that will enable you to lift the quality of your writing and stories 

You will also:

  •  receive constructive targeted feedback on every piece you post.

  • at the end of the process, will write an extended short story, edit it, then re-write it again.

If you do the work and implement the tools and techniques, you'll be amazed how much your writing and storytelling abilities will develop.

"The Writer’s Gym is exactly that. A way to flex your cerebral muscles, engage parts of your body that have not been used for a while (if at all) and exercise your imagination. Like a gym, it is hard work but the rewards come with time as you see your writing take shape.

In short, the course has opened up a new vista for me and for that I am truly grateful."
Dr Russell King

winnerA short story Russell King wrote, "The Road to Nowhere" was published in The Best Australian Short Stories 2011( edited by Cate Kennedy and published by Black Inc.)

Russell said, "Thank you to everyone at the The Writers' Studio, for their guidance and support. I could not possibly have had this success without you."

Scroll down for more testimonials.

This course will also prepare you for our Ten Month Novel and Script First Draft Course should you want to do that down the track.
 


PROCESS-1

COURSE STRUCTURE - THE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES YOU WILL LEARN

One session = 10 days

Session One - Character development and inner dialogue (narration) and Point of View

You will learn how to create powerful characters and to develop inner dialogue. This will make your characters come alive on the page and give them depth and resonance.

Session Two - Dialogue

You will learn the keys to writing powerful dialogue. This will help you make your characters and stories come to life.

Session Three - Desire, opposition and conflict

Create drama and focus by utilising the desire line. This is a key structure dynamic that will focus your writing and characters and draw readers into your fictional world and keep them there. 

Create conflict through opposition. This is an essential key to creating dramatic fiction. It will force your characters to grow and keep your readers wanting to turn the page. Learning to create tension on the page is a vital skill of all good storytelling.

Session Four - Writing, re-writing and editing a short story

Put together everything you have learnt in the previous session and write and edit an extended short story.

You'll learn re-writing and editing tools and techniques that will enable you to improve everything you have written.

Structure creates the emotion and makes it meaningful


testimonials
 

"The Writer’s Gym is exactly that. A way to flex your cerebral muscles, engage parts of your body that have not been used for a while (if at all) and exercise your imagination. Like a gym, it is hard work but the rewards come with time as you see your writing take shape.

On the micro level I have learnt the importance of structure to a piece and the delicate balance or dance with imagination and creative flair. It is easy to get that balance askew. Even in the narrow confines of our word limits it is possible to create scenes with bricks of detail, inner and outer dialogue and sensory perceptions that leave you wanting to read on.

In short, the course has opened up a new vista for me and for that I am truly grateful."
Dr Russell King.
His short story, "The Road to Nowhere" was published in The Best Australian Short Stories 2011( edited by Cate Kennedy and published by Black Inc.) Russell wrote, "thank you to eveyone at the The Writers Studio, for their guidance and support. I could not possibly have had this success without you."

"I am so glad I did this second course. I am amazed at how much more confident I feel about approaching writing since the end of the Unlocking course and this one’s end - about the process, about putting ideas and words down on paper and not censoring them, and even about my ability to do so. This is probably the single most useful aspect of it for me – in the past I have never been able to write more than a few paragraphs because I would just go back and re-edit, judge it and finally abandon it. Having a structure to the work (the ABC approach, and the notions of a flawed character, ghosts, desire opposition and conflict) also really helped me to find the stories... something that doesn’t come easily to me, and to work through from the ‘beginning’ to ‘end’ of the exercises given.

There was a lot of wisdom in the advice given about needing to write to improve your skills. Its obvious if you think about it, but somehow I always thought one either had talent or not – I never thought about successful writers having to hone their craft, though again it seems obvious."
Alice Bhasale

 
"This is the third Writers' Studio course I have done and I have loved them all. What really works for me is having deadlines and exercises to work with. It is so easy to priortise everything else other than writing so it is great to put writing at the top of the To Do list for a change. The course has re-energised a stalled novel which I am now very much in the flow of – a great feeling. It was a pleasure to read so many wonderful stories and give and receive feedback."
Sharon Kernot

"The Writer’s Gym was the perfect follow-up to Unlocking Creativity for me. I had a lot of fun writing the exercises, and I learned a hell of a lot. I thought everyone else’s stories were wonderful. Seeing our writing transformed from the beginning to the end of the course showed me how powerful basic techniques are in communicating to a reader.

I have been reading ‘The White Tiger’ while doing this course, and was struck by how the author had mastered the techniques we were being introduced to. At times I was overwhelmed by how well he did it. This was a wonderful complement to the Writer’s Gym – my appreciation for that book was vastly enhanced."
Fiona Howland-Rose

"I have just finished the second WS course and in many ways it is like finishing one of the exercises: I immediately feel like I would like to start it all over again from scratch. It was great to see how some of the other students developed and I was really impressed with much of the work. What is amazing in these courses is to notice how different we all are."
Emily Seresin



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