The Course Modules


 

1. Getting started

  • A voice all of your own

  • Developing a practice

  • Everyday inspiration

  • The main character

  • Come to your senses

  • What’s it all about?

  • Seeking support

  • The writer’s way

2. Writing a short story - Part 1

  • Why writers should be readers

  • Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

  • What makes a story ‘short’

  • Finding inspiration for a story

  • Creative juices

  • Getting ready to write

  • Writing atmosphere

  • Time management

3. Writing a short story - Part 2

  • Plot

  • Characters

  • Theme

  • Description

  • Curing Writer’s Block

  • Finding a market

4. Your first steps to getting published– Part 1

  • What is freelancing?

  • Do you have what it takes to freelance?

  • Ways freelance writers make money

  • Where to find writing projects

  • How to bid on projects

  • Resume requirements

  • Writing markets

  • Finding the right agent

5. Writing your novel – Part 1

  • What is a 'Novel'?

  • Discovering your story

  • Plot structure: Developing your story

  • Narrative choices: Exploring the art of description

6. Writing your novel - Part 2

  • Character development

  • Point of view

  • The art of dialogue

  • Finding, expressing, and resolving conflict within the novel structure

  • Editorial discernment: Tricks of the trade

  • Drafting and revising your novel

7. Improving your style

  • Finding your writing voice

  • Creative writing ideas and inspirations

  • Develop your creativity

  • The WOW factor in writing

  • Writing practice

8. Writing for children

  • Finding your voice

  • Fiction and non-fiction

  • Picture books

  • Is rhyming for you?

  • Dealing with controversial and tricky themes

  • 5 tips for writing children’s books

  • The agent process

9. Finding a publisher

  • The major publishers

  • University/small press publishers

  • Self publishing pros and cons

  • E-books

  • Increase your chances of finding a publisher by being visible

  • How to write a query letter

10. Write memoirs – your own or someone else’s

  • What is the purpose of writing an autobiography or family memoir?

  • Gathering facts and research needed to begin writing

  • How to make the facts interesting to the reader

  • 10 ways to add impact to the life story

  • Problems in writing an autobiography or family memoir – scandals, rumours, objections of other family members

  • Weaving past and present together to relate the past events to present circumstances

  • Fill holes while maintaining the true spirit of the story

  • Editing and polishing the story

  • Publishing options for the life story

11. Publishing your own work

  • Is self-publishing right for you?

  • Print-on-Demand vs. Print Orders

  • Marketing your self-published book

  • Self-published non-fiction – Position yourself as an expert

  • Self-published fiction – Build a fan base

  • Getting your book in the store

  • Getting articles and reviews

  • Secrets of the best self-published authors

12. Your first steps to getting published – Part 2

  • Time management

  • Projecting a professional image

  • Creating a home office

  • Contact basics

13. Write a successful screenplay

  • What’s the story

  • From concept to script

  • Building your characters

  • Three act dramatic structures

  • Character arc and premise

  • Plot points, climax, and resolution

  • Build it visually

  • A scene outline

  • Formatting

  • Avoiding pitfalls

14. Writing articles for newspapers and magazines

  • Style

  • Finding topics

  • The feature

  • The editorial

  • The news story

  • Interview process

  • Web vs. Print (media styles)

  • Editing your article

  • Finding a market

  • Knowing your rights

  • Selling tips

15. Become a non-fiction author

  • What is non-fiction?

  • Refining your subject

  • Developing your subject

  • The fact filter: What to include

  • Finding a form

  • Getting at truth

  • Narrative voice

  • Anonymity vs. Authenticity

  • Editing your work

  • Revising your work of non-fiction

16. How to write better poetry

  • Elements of Poetry

  • Minding the details: You can’t see it, unless you see it.

  • The Free-write

  • Paring Down, burning away

  • Revise, Revise, Revise

  • Grounding a poem in the senses

  • Poems as monologues

  • Poetry of address

  • Creating poems in sequence

17. Writing romantic fiction

  • Elements to consider and writing tips

  • How plot, characters, dialogue and description come together

  • Getting a deal and things to consider before accepting a contract

  • Why writing the book is 10% of the work - tips on publicity

18. Doing research for your writing

  • Knowing your subject

  • Research on the net

  • Research in libraries

  • Research by interview

  • Research – your own books and resources

  • Researching faster

  • Fee-based sources of research

19. Your first steps to getting published – Part 3

  • The going rate

  • Calculating overheads

  • Your personalised hourly rate

 

 

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