Weekly Writing Haven: Just Write It!

What’s your it? What’s your unfinished writing project? Over four weeks, come and sit in a room with other budding writers and write on your own project. In this three hour weekly class, you’ll be writing in silence for two hours on your own project. Guidance is provided at the beginning and end of each haven. Build up momentum on your project whilst developing clarity about the common mistakes made by writers across all genres and all forms of writing. Suitable for all writers of both fiction and non-fiction, including poets, scriptwriters, short-story, memoir and novel writers.


Please note: Within this three hour Writing Haven, you will be sitting and writing in silence for two hours on your own project. There will be time for questions and help both before and after the two hour quiet writing time. There will also be an optional ten minute break in between the two hour writing time.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Confidentiality Contract – the class will formally agree that all story ideas and personal life histories revealed – in spoken or written form – will stay within the walls of the classroom and will not be discussed afterwards with family or friends.
  • Format – each weekly three hour Writing Haven will comprise an initial 30 minute group discussion identifying what everyone is writing, followed by two hours of writing time (in silence) with an optional break of 10 minutes in the middle. The Writing Haven will conclude with a 30 minute debrief and feedback session, identifying how the session went and what other help is required.
  • Writing Help – over the four Weekly Writing Havens, writing help will include the Writers' Boot Camp A-Z Creative Writing handout plus the brand new handout identifying the top ten mistakes made by new writers and how to avoid them – four examples follow:
    • Overuse of exclamation marks! If you have more than one exclamation per page, you probably have too many.
    • Silly little mistakes. (Before sharing your work, read it out aloud and slowly to yourself.)
    • Too many characters in the story sharing the same traits and sensibilities as you, the writer. (A good writer is an observer of other people.)
    • In the opening pages, your story seems to go to great lengths to introduce characters to the reader. (Relax, remember you’re writing a story not holding a dinner party. You don’t have to introduce everyone in the beginning. Aim for mystery and the slow reveal of plot and characters.)


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

  1. Evaluate the best way to write their story and connect with their audience.
  2. Know the difference between ‘telling’ and ‘showing’ and active versus passive voice.
  3. Develop a regular writing pattern and a network of fellow writers.
  4. Contact proofreaders/editors and publishers/producers.
$145 Limited / $131

<p>What’s your it? What’s your unfinished writing project? Over four weeks, come and sit in a room with other budding writers and write on your own project. In this three hour weekly class, you’ll be

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01 May
$145 Limited / $131

<p>What’s your it? What’s your unfinished writing project? Over four weeks, come and sit in a room with other budding writers and write on your own project. In this three hour weekly class, you’ll be

...
12 Jun

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