Feedback Workshops for Worried Writers

$225 Limited inc GST / $203
Feedback Workshops for Worried Writers

<p>Not sure if your writing is good enough? Scared of harsh feedback? Frightened someone will steal your idea? These confidential sessions offer gentle feedback over two days (approx. 9000 words of

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Not sure if your writing is good enough? Scared of harsh feedback? Frightened someone will steal your idea? These confidential sessions offer gentle feedback over two days (approx. 9000 words of your work will be reviewed). All writing welcome – poetry, fiction, non-fiction, scripts. Bring six copies of your work to be reviewed – these copies will be returned to you after each session. Over the two sessions, writing concepts from A through to Z will be used to inspire you as a writer and to uplift the quality of your work.


Participants must bring at least one piece of writing to be reviewed. If possible bring six copies (five copies for other participants and one for the tutor) and these copies will be distributed across the class and be returned after each session. No minimum word count but maximum is approx 9000 words. If you have large documents and don’t wish to print six copies then contact the college for printing assistance. Ideally participants will read their writing to the class over the two days. If they don’t wish to read then another participant or the tutor will read the work to the class. If the student is not willing to have their work read they must be willing to show their work to the tutor.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Confidentiality Contract – the class will formally agree that all story ideas and personal life histories revealed (in spoken or written word) will stay within the walls of the classroom and will not be discussed afterwards with family or friends.
  • Cross-Check the ABCs of your writing e.g.
  • Audience – is your language and writing style appropriate for your target group (children/young adult/adult).
  • Believability of characters and story-line – An audience will follow a character anywhere if they believe in the reason(s) why he /she is doing what he/she is doing (i.e. check your audience knows the true motivation of your character).
  • Connection – the purpose of writing is to connect with an audience – to educate/entertain/engage/endear/entice. What’s your purpose and have you achieved it using the most effective and efficient writing tools and techniques?
  • Dialogue – If you use dialogue does it sound realistic? Do all your characters sound the same or do they each have their point of difference?
  • Ending – Have you written an ending? Do you want a sequel? Is your ending predictable or satisfying? Can it be improved?
  • Over the two workshops, other writing concepts from ‘F’ through to ‘Z’ will be used to inspire you as a writer and to uplift the quality of your work.



PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  1. Poets – leave with a completed poem or series of poems.
  2. Short-story writers – leave with a completed short story or two.
  3. Longer pieces – leave with the confidence to finish the memoir or story that’s been haunting the writer for years or decades.