Overview of Creative Writing Courses
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The Writers' Studio Courses can be done in person, live, at our Studio in Bronte or interactively online.
The courses fall into four broad categories.
Below is a brief overview.
1) INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING - FOUR WEEK UNLOCKING CREATIVITY
This introductory course is a pre-requisite for all our other courses and can be done Live in the inspirational environment of our Bronte Studio or interactively Online at home.
Unlocking Creativity is a creative process that works for wherever you are on the writing spectrum. Suitable for beginners, experienced professionals and everyone in between.
This course is the ideal place to kick-start your writing process, whether you want to write novels, screenplays, short stories or non-fiction. You will be inspired and discover what direction you want to take your writing.
During the course, you will learn how to access the power of your imagination, apply tools and techniques that will make your writing come alive on the page and you will begin to realise your creative potential.
You will also develop an understanding of how classic story structure works.
You will also learn to write in such a way that readers will want to read what you have written.
DATES AND FEES
2) INTERMEDIATE SIX WEEK ONLINE COURSES
These courses are ideal for writers who have completed Unlocking Creativity and want to keep the creative process alive and develop their writing and story telling skills further. Your imagination is a fragile muscle. It needs work and attention.
It also gives writers interested in doing the 10-Month Novel and Script First Draft Course an excellent opportunity to explore and develop characters and story ideas before embarking on the longer journey.
These courses are challenging and require commitment and determination. They are only run once per year.
Character and Critique Short Story Course: This is a six-week course during which you will explore the characters you want to write about, be introduced to key elements of story structure, write up to eight, 800-word scenarios and receive constructive feedback on every story you write.
Character and Critique Short Story Genre Course: This six-week course will enable you to develop and explore the characters you want to write about within the framework of four key genres: love, comedy, thriller and fantasy. You will write a 1200-1300 word story in each genre and receive constructive feedback on every story you write.
Writers’ Gym - Advanced Writing Techniques: This six-week course will keep you writing and learning more about the technical aspects of the craft. It is easy to become a writer. The trick is staying a writer.
3) WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR NOVEL OR SCREENPLAY
THE TEN-MONTH NOVEL & SCRIPT FIRST DRAFT COURSE
Many people dream of writing their novel or screenplay. But are overwhelmed by the enormity of the task and have little understanding of the architecture of fiction.
Our Ten Month First Draft Novel and Script Course is a step-by-step process that breaks the tasks into manageable bite-size chunks. It provides a totally practical approach to the art and craft of classic story telling.
A classic story is one where you have your readers or audiences wanting to know what happens next in your story, while taking your main character on an emotional and spiritual journey of change.
By the end of the course, you will have completed the first draft of your novel or screenplay. It will be better than you could have ever imagined had you tried to do it on your own. Provided you do the work.
The course is designed for those who work full-time.
As Shari Hooper said, after completing the first draft course, "I have now written the first draft of my first novel. A quarter of a century dream has come true."
The course can be done live at our Bronte Studio or interactively Online.
Pre-requisite: Unlocking Creativity Course
4) ADVANCED COURSES
If you want to write a novel or screenplay, you will have to do more than one draft to get your work to a publishable standard.
Writing a novel or screenplay involves re-writing and editing your first draft. There is an old saying, we write to re-write.
You can either do your later drafts with us or on your own.
"The difference between anyone and a serious writer is re-writing, re-writing and more re-writing, some times over a period of years. I can't emphasis strongly enough how important this is, that writing leads to writing, that failed attempts lead to eventual success, that the solution of writing problems is made up of all the attempts that lead nowhere." Dorothy Bryant
Pre-requisite - The Ten Month Novel & Script Course
Please note, we will guide you through the process of sending your work out to publishers and agents so that you have the best chance of grabbing their attention and securing a book contract. But we recommend you only do this when your story is as good as you can make it.