WriteSmarter Creative Writing Course

Write your novel step by step with the Eight Module Plan

How to write a book becomes much less mystifying if you're equipped with the interactive Eight Module Online Creative Writing Program. 

 

An integrated program is followed during which you brainstorm, plan and write an outline for your novel or short story while you master the necessary writing techniques and skills. The end goal is a completed manuscript that complies with all the requirements for publishing success. Along the way you will receive quality study material and writing aids, as well as continuous guidance and feedback by a published author.

 

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: Utilize 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 writer …

ASSIGNMENT:  Complete a winning submission including a cover letter, synopsis and manuscript for a reputable publishing house.