The Third Draft is where the hard work of finding your story and making sure the structure works actually starts to payoff. The discipline of having to write to have at least something to turn up to class with has pushed my characters and myself on to a better place. Thank you so much Roland, Andrew and my class. You've motivated me to finish this novel. And start the next one.
June Laffey, Group Creative Director, McCann Healthcare
Settling down and concentrating on each sentence at a time rather than trying to water ski over the story has been a valuable lesson. Now I just need the time and hopefully I can nail this thing. Thank you, Roland, Andrew and the class!
John Mavety, award-winning director and writer
I remember eight months ago when I first got feedback on my very first section (which I thought was perfect!) and being crushed. But then, slowly, I looked at the feedback and used it to re-write my work. Now I love feedback. It's fantastic to have so many people provide constructive, useful feedback on my work, that has really helped, as Roland says, "take it to a whole new level."
Novel & Script Third Draft Course - Live and Online
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WRITING YOUR THIRD DRAFT
This is where you see your story come alive on the page.
"I have emerged from being a dreamer to being a writer. This course has made that possible because it has given me the tools and the courage to give it a go. This has been an incredibly valuable (and sometimes confronting) experience. I think we all discovered what an almighty process this is."
Penny Robinson, author and executive producer of RPA
"For me, this course is where it's really at. Getting at last to the coalface, the actual word-by-word writing of the thing has allowed me to connect with the character and the story in a way that I had found difficult to this point. I think I have learned to trust the narrative thread and not feel the need to control it constantly."
Dr Elizabeth Farrelly, columnist, author and feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald
"This has been my favourite course. I have loved focusing on the writing and the detail that needed to be fleshed out from Drafts One and Two. And I now see how important it was to get the structure in place before embarking on the Third Draft.
I have learnt so much about the actual craft of writing in this course. The first lesson was about point of view and it has stuck with me ever since. That and other tools such as having a clear dramatic question have made a huge difference to my writing. And I felt that everyone in the class, after applying the tools and techniques, had a strong story worthy of being published."
Kylie Keogh - journalist and media manager
NEXT AVAILABLE - LIVE COURSE DATES:
23 NOVEMBER 2014 to 29 AUGUST 2015
2) SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2015
3) SUNDAY MARCH 29, 2015
4) SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015
5) SATURDAY JULY 4, 2015
6) SUNDAY AUGUST 1, 2015
7) SATURDAY AUGUST 29, 2015
LIVE WRITER COURSE FEES
$2495 Full Fee or Instalment Option - please click below to see the options
Pre-requisite - 2nd Draft Novel & Script Course
ONLINE WRITER COURSE FEES - ONLINE WRITERS: Start at anytime
$1995 Full Fee or Instalment Option - please click below to see the options
Pre-requisite - 2nd Draft Novel & Script Course
You have found the dramatic spine of your story in The Second Draft.
The Third Draft is where all the hard work you have put into finding, developing, clarifying and structuring your story in the First and Second Drafts dramatically pays off.
The Third Draft is where we focus primarily on the writing. It is amazing how everyone's ability to write a page turning story that engages your reader dramatically improves when you learn the art and craft of re-writing and editing.
Receiving targeted feedback from your tutor and fellow class participants is part of the process. It will improve the quality of your writing, taking it to a whole new level. You will find your voice and your writing will come alive on the page.
While there is scope to refine your structure, the focus is very much on the writing and making each scene as good as it can be.
This is the most challenging and exciting part of the whole writing process as you see readers (fellow group members and your tutor) respond to your work in an increasingly positive way.
OVER THE SESSIONS YOU WILL:
You will also:
This draft requires the most work, but brings the greatest rewards.
Pre-requisite: The Eight Month Novel & Script Second Draft Course
"The art of writing is the art of re-writing. Success depends on attitude and patience as you take it one step at a time. So much of writing is about re-writing, I never get it right the first few times. I'm of the school that it's in the re-writes that the story is born. It's a refiner's craft. As territorial as we are, it is important to be challenged.”
"I can't emphasis strongly enough how important this is, 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. The trouble is that when you're just beginning to write, you may believe that words committed to paper are sacred, fixed immutable. But you're not dealing with a finished, printed, copyrighted book, only with an idea, a pile of words that change shape many times before they take shape as a book."
HOW THE COURSE WORKS OVERALL
Before each session you will send a 1,500 word document to you tutor and, in the live course, your fellow group members. They will read and analyse your work and give you detailed feedback in class.
By the end of each session you'll have lots of suggestions to work with. This will give you a clear idea of what works, what doesn't and what needs to be done to make your story the best it can be.
You'll be amazed at how much your story and everyone else's improves during the eight months. One of the big differences between an amateur and a professional writer is knowing what to cut out.
It is not possible to workshop every scene in class and get to the end of your story.
Before you give your work to an agent, publisher or producer you need to make your story as good as it possibly can be.
Depending on the nature of your project, your experience as a writer and your time commitments, the above process can take varying lengths of time.
But we can assure you that you will have a solid framework from which to rewrite the rest of your story at home.
In the Third Draft Course, it is our aim at The Writers’ Studio to give you the skills, knowledge and accountability to continue to work on your story at home to make it as fabulous as it can be.
The knowledge you acquire from this course, coupled with the First and Second Draft processes, can be applied to create and craft any stories you write in the future.
The Six-Month Third Draft Online course involves developing, re-writing and editing around twelve Sections, of approx. 1500 words. A Section is loosely equated to one chapter.
If your six months run over the Xmas/January period when we have a month break, you can add another month to the six months.
The idea is to develop your writing, re-writing and editing skills as you work through the opening of your story. So at the end of the course you have a strong foundation to keep moving forwards on your own.
You will work with the online materials to identify the best place to open your story and the structure of your story from Prison to Inciting Incident.
Your tutor will guide you along the way, acting as a sounding board for what you are developing in detail on the page while keeping you in mind of the bigger picture of your story.
You start the process by submitting the opening 500 words of your story to your tutor for feedback to help you create a clear and vivid setting; raise a central dramatic question and evoke an engaging appropriate initial emotion.
With a strong opening foundation you can then develop and edit approximately 1500 words. You might repeat the opening a number of times until you get it right before moving on.
As a rule of thumb, it is good to work on your story for between 30 and 60 minutes most days. Every time you come back to your story you'll have fresh perspective and the momentum will become a wave you can ride and enjoy.
You can also utilize your tutor for one on one phone chats. Plus we run GoToMeetings phone conferences every month. Which are a particularly powerful way to learn.
If you can be paired with another writer, you'll be guided by your tutor through an edit of your latest Section opening. The GoToMeetings screen sharing allows for all participants to see your Tutor’s screen as you help each other work with focusing your openings.
The Third Draft is the most rewarding process, where you get to see the strong story plot that you've developed in your first two drafts, come to life on the page.
"The last eight months have been instrumental in me finding my voice and of bringing my story to a point of greater clarity. I have also learnt how to bring my reader into the picture to connect emotionally with my characters and to relate to what is going on in their lives. The giving and receiving of feedback has provided a huge learning curve for me. It has made a huge difference to my writing and ability to critique myself and others.
"I cannot stress how important this process was. The end result is a book. My book! Not long ago, this was just a spark of an idea in my mind. A spark which Roland, Alex and Andrew and The Writers' Studio team nurtured and guided to help me write a book which stretched my abilities well beyond what they were capable of at the outset.
Lucas Welsh, who completed his Third Draft course online