Have you always wanted to write, but never had the time? Or, perhaps, you’d like to try writing but don’t know how to find your voice? If you have ever wanted to express yourself through words or stories, but not known where to start, this course is for you.
Over the course of 10 weeks, you will:
Week one: How to get started and overcome the common obstacles: time, discipline and self-confidence. Some light-hearted exercises to help you think about what you want to write, when and how. Explanation of workshop structure and why critical reading/watching other works is key to writing.
Week two: Starting out: first lines and first pages. How to develop a voice and an idea.
Week three: The short story: a look at some of the most famous writers and styles. First steps in prose writing.
Week four: The short script: film and radio drama: a look at prize-winning short films, including advertising. First steps in scriptwriting. What is dialogue and how to write it.
Week five: Three-act structure: how to plot and build a story. Beginnings, middles and endings. Using a beatsheet.
Week six: Characters: where to find them, how to write them, how to make them real.
Week seven: Narration and description: how the teller of your story affects it, how the setting of your story helps establish its reality.
Week eight: What’s it all about, Alfie? Theme and pitch.
Week nine: Learning how to move a story on, improve the pace and self-edit.
Week ten: Presentation of final stories. Suggestions for where to go next in terms of courses, competitions and publishing.
Who's this course for? This course is aimed at beginners and those who have an interest in writing, whether just for pleasure or as a professional, but don’t know where to start. You should be able to read and write fluently in English and be enthusiastic about the prospect of reading and writing fiction. Those comfortable with sharing their work will be encouraged to do so.
London, N7 8DB
Part time evening
Customised dependent on number of delegates/locationmore
Duration: 8 weeks
Duration: 10 weeks
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