WriteSmarter: Creative Writing Course
Eight Module Plan
Module 1: Points of Departure
- Study the Golden Rules for a successful story.
- Analyse the requirements of your target market.
- Master five practical writing secrets.
- Learn from the opposition.
- Switch on the ideas machine …
ASSIGNMENT: Utilise story sparks and free writing.
Module 2: Planning & Preparation
- Expand your vocabulary, power of expression and language usage.
- Study the five components of a successful story.
- Find out how to apply the three acts formula.
- Learn from successful storylines.
- Explore the story framework.
ASSIGNMENT: Create story material using the Five Minute Method and the Story Plan.
Module 3: Characters & Dialogue
- WRITING AID: Develop convincing, exciting, living, breathing characters.
- Utilise the connections between character and plot.
- Find your characters’ “own voice”.
- Study guidelines for effective dialogue and practice them.
ASSIGNMENT: Develop a lifelike character with an own agenda, dreams and fears.
Module 4: Setting & Point of View
- Determine the impact of setting on a story.
- Choose and develop a setting that will further your plot.
- Study the secrets of point of view.
- Experiment with different points of view.
ASSIGNMENT: Apply the principles of point of view.
Module 5: Strong Beginnings
- Find out where and how a scene begins and ends.
- Explore the conditions for effective scenes.
- Utilise the building blocks of a strong manuscript: ten winning scenes, show and tell, etc.
- Learn to write an opening scene that WORKS.
- Find out how an effective first chapter is put together.
ASSIGNMENT: Write a strong beginning.
Module 6: Develop a Scene Plan
- Plan a convincing, conflict-riddled plot.
- Structure your story with a chapter plan.
- WRITING AID: Simplify the writing process with a scene plan.
- Find out how to complete your manuscript with stimulus and response.
ASSIGNMENT: Write a complete scene utilising stimulus and response.
Module 7: Cliffhangers & Jump Cuts
- Apply winning techniques to create winning scenes.
- Structure effective scenes.
- Plan and write a motivated ending.
- Develop and write effective cliffhangers.
- Utilise jump cuts and leaps in time.
ASSIGNMENT: Apply jump cuts and cliffhangers.
Module 8: Publishers & Contracts
- Editing and structuring.
- Liven up your writing style with clean-cut metaphors.
- Write a killer cover letter and synopsis.
- Find out about publishers and contracts.
- Make it as a REAL author …
ASSIGNMENT: Complete a winning submission including a cover letter, synopsis and manuscript.
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