This five week course will take place in Ipswich every Tuesday evening during October 2019, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
The ideal participant is someone who has had some previous writing experience and is keen to hone their craft and improve their techniques through a range of fun, interactive activities.
1st October – Be Inspired!
Meet the rest of the group, flex your writing muscles and share any ideas that you are currently working on. It would be great if you could all bring a short piece of writing – either your own or something from an author you admire. One hundred words is ideal. Bring five printed copies if you want slightly more detailed feedback.
If sharing story ideas, make sure that you can describe your idea in a simple, immediately understandable form. If in doubt, find someone to test it on first.
8th October – Whose Story is it Anyway?
After discussing opinions from different experts, you’ll be reading and writing a range of materials to help decide which perspective you’re most comfortable with. You’ll also learn if and when it’s OK to transfer from one character’s head to another. How can you achieve it without confusing the reader and breaking the flow of the story?
15th October – Learn by Imitation
The greatest writing teachers in the world line your bookshelves and, for those more electronically minded, live in your kindle.
Bring along one hundred words from a writer you admire and another one hundred words where you have continued on from their piece. Brave people will ask us to guess where the join is, others may tell us ahead of time.
During the session we’ll be working in pairs and individually to imitate a range of styles and plots. You should leave the session with a greater understanding of how close your own work is to the writing of your literary heroes and, if you feel you’ve a way to go, what steps you can take to get a little closer.
It would be helpful if, before the session, you could familiarise yourself with ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coehelo.
22nd October The Beginning and The End
Many people start to write novels and short stories, fewer get them finished. In this session we’ll work on ways to start your stories at the end. Write the final chapter and the rest should come easily. Do you agree? We’ll test out the theory together.
29th October – What’s Next?
Everyone will share a piece of work for feedback and will set their own writing targets. What would you like to achieve by the end of 2019?
There will also be a bad writing competition which could earn you a free notebook and £5 off one of my regular Thursday evening sessions.
The course costs £40 and your place is guaranteed from the day I receive payment.
Payments can be paid in cash, by bank transfer by cheque or by paypal.
Sorry, I can’t offer refunds unless the course is cancelled in which case full payment will be returned to you.
To ask any questions and/or reserve a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively phone 07943 068033