CREATIVE WRITING COURSE: GET STARTED

Suitable for beginners and anyone looking to improve their creative writing skill, this course covers 12 weekly lessons each focusing on a separate writing skill and follows a tried and tested framework that I have been teaching now for a few years. 

Each week we look at specific writing skills and techniques and provide clear explanations and examples of these in practice.  There is a video posted for each weekly lesson, where I discuss and introduce the new topics and encourage you to provide feedback and examples of your work on this blog.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Visit my YouTube Channel and Watch the INTRODUCTION Video, hit Subscribe, so you don’t miss my new video and then you’re ready to get started with WEEK 1  – ‘The Five Finger Pitch‘. Each video has a blog post to go with it (see the notes under each YouTube video for the link to it), where you will find  the exercises and any downloads).

If you haven’t already I recommend you complete the signup form (button above), that way I can keep in touch with you directly with special invitations to live workshops and share extra tips and advice from time to time.

I encourage you to engage with me and the other participants during the course, post some of your work in the blog comments section each week both here on and on YouTube, so me and others can comment on and enjoy your contributions.  But please remember to be KIND and CONSTRUCTIVE with your comments.

It’s my experience that the more you actively participate in the course, the more you will get out of it. 

So what are you waiting for? Get Started.

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Creative Writing: Get Started. The perfect starting point for anyone who wants to start their writing journey and improve their creative writing skills.

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WEEK 1 – FIVE FINGER PITCH

THE FIVE FINGER PITCH A story has five elements: Setting, Protagonist, Goal, Obstacles and Resolution.  If you miss any one of these elements, you will not have a complete, or satisfying story to tell. They are the ‘bare bones’ of any...

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WEEK 2 – WRITING DIALOGUE

WHAT DOES DIALOGUE DO FOR A STORY? Dialogue (or speech) has many important functions within a story.  Look back at any book you have read and ask of any piece of dialogue, “How did that help progress the story, or...

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WEEK 3 – POINT OF VIEW

POINT OF VIEW Your protagonist is your reader’s main point of reference and context from which they will understand your story. In other words, the reader will view your story from the protagonist’s point of view – through their eyes....

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WEEK 4 – TENSES AND PACE

TENSES When writing a story, there are two tense options; PRESENT TENSE and PAST TENSE. The majority of novels are written in past tense – as in, the action is being recounted after the event. This is a ‘comfortable’ tense to both read and write....

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WEEK 5 – POETIC DEVICES

POETIC DEVICES Literary devices are the techniques you can apply to your writing to control or direct how your reader feels when they read your story.  Remember, each time you write a story, you are taking your reader on a...

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WEEK 6 – LAUNCH INTO POETRY

One of the most difficult aspects of writing poetry (or indeed anything!) is coming up with a topic or theme. The following exercise is a fun way to create a poem using inspiration from other people’s words. The purpose of...

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WEEK 7 – WHAT TURNS WORDS INTO POETRY?

https://youtu.be/lFBlxS28B0E How does a poem differ from ordinary prose? Poems with rhyming lines and obvious rhythm are easy to recognise, but words can still be a poem without these elements.   For me, it is in the moulding of the...

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WEEK 8 – THEME AND GENRE

Theme A theme is a unifying idea that is developed throughout a story. It differs from the subject of the story and is the subtle message or underlying issue you wish to convey to your reader, without seeming to ‘preach’....

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WEEK 9 – HOOKS AND CLIFFHANGERS

The Hook A narrative hook is a writing technique in the opening of a story that literally ‘hooks’ the reader in so they feel compelled to continue reading.  The length of the ‘opening’ can be anything from the first few...

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WEEK 10 – FRAME STORIES

Framing is a literary method of embedding one story into another – a story within a story. It has the effect of adding layers of complexity to your story; of making it more intricate and therefore (provided you do it...

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WEEK 11 – COLOUR A SCENE

https://youtu.be/A2uQZl2aJR8 When you describe a setting, the way you describe it depends on your own personal perspective. People often see places very differently from each other, for example; the forest glade below may appear appealing and friendly to one person,...

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WEEK 12 – A GLIMPSE INTO WRITING FOR CHILDREN

https://youtu.be/T9XbPQiQYR8 There are some key points to bear in mind when writing for children. One of them is that fiction for children is defined by age-specific categories, because what interests an eight-year-old could seem childish and boring to a twelve-year-old....

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