Key Steps in Creative Writing

In this creative writing course we will look at Plot, Setting, Character and Narrative. We will examine a number of classic and contemporary books and look at some practical exercises to help start the process of writing. This includes simple processes like analysing a short extract from your favourite novel.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

COURSE OUTLINE

Plot and theme

  • What's it about? Theme and the dramatic question. Moving from a single idea to a two or three sentence plot idea
  • Commonly used plot tools to heighten suspense: Aristotle’s Poetics – drama, tragedy and comedy: the use of recognition and dramatic reversal. Getting the key problem/challenge/ suspense into the story as early as possible
  • What’s your favourite plot and why? Road trips, catalysts, tragedy, breakups, crime, death, love, finding a home, the whole box and dice…!
  • Some basic plot planning devices: mapping a beginning, a middle and an end.

Setting

  • The importance of setting
  • Place and time and how to convey them
  • Description of setting – some examples
  • Mood in setting

Character

  • What is your character like? What do they want? What do they fear? Do your own mud map.
  • The character ‘arc’. Where are they at the start of the story? At the end? What decisions do they have to make?
  • Get characters busy – thinking about the role of your sub-characters
  • Bringing the character to life through ‘incident after incident’

Narrative (and tone)

  • From romanticism to post-modernism: a quick review of narrative styles and how to recognise them (Flaubert, Virginia Woolf)
  • Narration and point of view
  • It’s really not hard: ‘show not tell’ (mimesis/diegesis) and other technical stuff
  • The inner thoughts of characters– interior monologue, free indirect discourse, and stream of consciousness

The marketplace

  • A short session on the marketplace and tips for pursuing publication, for those how are interested

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  1. Understand the elements of plot, character, setting and narrative in creative writing
  2. Utilise practical exercises in text analysis and short writing exercises to help progress your creative writing
  3. Reflected on and develop your own writing skills
$149 Limited / $134

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23 Jul

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