See your Writing Come Alive on the Page
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.
"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, feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, author of Blubberland and Caro Was Here
"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
Writing your Third Draft
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.
Receiving targeted feedback from your tutor 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 respond to your work in an increasingly positive way.
Over the Seven Months you will:
Learn tools and techniques, including advanced templates and checklists, to re-write and edit your story
Receive detailed, critical feedback on your writing and do extensive re-writing and editing to make every scene work
In addition to the writing, have the opportunity to clarify and fine tune your structure from one turning point to the next
Find your voice
Craft your scenes so your story is well paced, has drama, shape, emotional resonance and flow
Learn how to make your characters and story engage your readers emotionally
Build creative tension into your writing and raise a dramatic question in each scene so your readers keep turning the pages wanting to know what happens next
Experience the joy of seeing your story engage and excite readers.
Be well on the way to having your writing and story reach a professional standard.
This draft requires the most work, but brings the greatest rewards.
"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.” Tina Howe, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright
"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." Dorothy Bryant, author
How the Process Works
The 7-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 seven months run over the Xmas/January period when we have a month break, another month will be added.
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 a fresh perspective and the momentum will become a wave you can ride and enjoy.
You can also utilise your tutor for one on one phone chats or via a GoToMeetings online conference 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.
It is not possible to workshop every scene 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.