How to create compelling stories and memorable characters

Want your writing to leave a lasting impression? Love writing and want to develop your critical and creative skills? Take a look at classical and contemporary writers, illustrative examples, and identify common mistakes writers make which can be easily avoided.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Sarah Newsome 7 August Monday 6-8pm 7 $270 Enrolments closed
Sarah Newsome 9 October Monday 6-8pm 7 $270 Enrol now

Course outline

So you’ve always wanted to write? Love writing and want to develop your critical and creative skills? Take a look at classical and contemporary writers, illustrative examples, and identify common mistakes writers make which can be easily avoided. This eight week course will cover:

  • Week 1: Compelling Storytelling: What makes a great story? Where do great story ideas come from? What are the building blocks of compelling fiction?
  • Week 2: Memorable characters: What makes a character memorable? How do you build your characters, their personality, their psychology, their world? How do they work within the overall cast of characters?
  • Week 3: Dialogue: How do you write dialogue? How can you use it as a tool to tell the story? What is the difference between dialogue which works well and dialogue which does not?
  • Week 4: Narrative positions:  What point of view works best in which situations? How can you use the past, present and future tense to tell a story?
  • Week 5: Creating your story world: How do you create a world that readers can engage in? How do you evoke a sense of time and place that supports the story?
  • Week 6: Plot and structure: What makes for an effective plot? How do you use structure to support your story? What tools can you use to improve story structure?
  • Week 7: Cut to the chase: writing in scenes: How do you write in scenes?  What does it mean to write cinematically? How can you use ‘hooks’ to create momentum and tension and take your readers with you?

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, your should be able to:

  • build on your existing knowledge of storytelling through books, film, TV and other sources
  • bring together knowledge, hints, tips, quotes, advice and anecdotes from a range of writers and writing resources
  • tap into your creativity and develop a critical approach to improving your writing
  • use interactive workshops and exercises to build your skills and experience.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone who has completed some creative writing and wish to build their creative capacity and develop their knowledge.

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