Creative Writing 101

Creative Writing 101:

Creative Writing 101 is a course designed to inspire and lay down the key foundations for fictional creative writing. There is no right or wrong way to do this, but this course offers great insights and information on the craft.

This course is 7 hours long and split into two sections. It is designed to be taken for one day, but can be split over three days.

 

WHO’S IT FOR?

Creative Writing 101 is a course designed for anyone interested or actively engaged in fictional writing. This course covers key ideas, approaches and ideas around creative writing.

This course is best suited to those just starting out in creative writing, at an intermediate level, or those who wish to have a refresh on the subject.

 

THE BENEFITS

At the end of this English course you can expect to:

  • See great improvements in articulating your ideas and thoughts with creative writing.
  • Improved confidence in your writing.
  • Developing story lines.
  • Developing characters.
  • All round better knowledge of the creative writing process.
  • Improved confidence of sharing your ideas and thoughts.

Course Content

1. A SHORT SUMMARY AND OVERVIEW ON THREE FAMOUS BOOKS AND THE STYLES IN WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN WRITTEN

These novels will include:

  • Agatha Christie – Then there were none.
  • Stephen King – Salem’s Lot.
  • Donna Tartt – The Secret History.

2. A PRACTICAL APPROACH FOR HOW TO PLAN OUT, SIT DOWN and WRITE YOUR BOOK OR SHORT STORY

3. HOW TO GATHER IDEAS AND FIND CREATIVE INSPIRATION 

5. CREATING STORY LINES

6. HOW TO CREATE CHARACTERS – APPROACHES THAT WORK

5. SHOW, DON’ TELL

6. EVOCATION

7. PROFLUENCE / PACING

8. DISCUSSION AND ANSWER SESSION

Further insights into the course content

SHOW, DON’ TELL:

One of the most commonly discussed aspects of writing style. We will discuss this and then try some examples. Starting with some basic ‘tell’ sentences and then developing them to see how they can be improved.

In this session, there will be around four or more sentences that will be given to the group for jumping off points. Some time will be allowed for the group to chat and come up with suggestions for how the sentence(s) can be developed.

E.G.

– ‘John walks down the street to his grandmother’s house.’

Nothing wrong with the above sentence, but it is not engaging with the reader.

Instead, try writing:

– ‘Every step was like walking through mud, as sweat rolled down his cheeks and an impending feeling of doom saturated John’s mind, for he knew that soon he will be at his grandmother’s house.’

EVOCATION:

Evoking emotions. This is a sure fire way to engage with your audience. There are many ways to do this and (perhaps worryingly at times) newspapers or websites often do this with great effect even though they are not writing fiction.

Creating an impulsive or engaging feeling that draws in the reader. This can be subtle or have a great effect.

We will discuss examples and ways of how to do this. Ways to do this could be show injustice, love, vengeance… etc..

We will also create a paragraph and use that to evoke emotions.

PROFLUENCE / PACING.

In fiction, moving your story forward and keeping the reader engaged can be done in a variety of ways. It is also one of the trickiest parts of writing a novel or story, for even if you have a lot

of detail, it may be so engaging to the reader that it flows quickly. Thus meaning just by having less detail doesn’t mean your story will move faster.

Although varying sentence length, using short sentences and snappy description does speed up the pace.

The key here is above all else pay attention to plot and when you first write your story don’t worry about pacing. Bare it in mind, but once you have the plot you can see the structure and where it can be improved.


Find out more:

  • Please use the contact form below to make an enquiry for this course
  • This course is held at flexible times

 

WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

For further information on creative writing or non-fiction workshop or courses please see the information page Here or the Writers Initiative Meetup Group

 

WRITING IN FELLOWSHIP

Writing in Fellowship

 

FURTHER COURSES

Creative Writing