Previous Courses - Online



Writing a Life with Arnold Zable

ONLINE

Five weeks, Wednesday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

There are many ways of writing a life. Stories drawn from life, tales of journeys and family history can range from memoir to autobiography; from short story to novel; from personal journal to biography. Or they can be written just for family.

Drawing on thirty years of experience both as an acclaimed writer across the genres and as a lecturer and teacher, Arnold Zable's new 5-week program will explore the most imaginative and engaging ways to structure and write a life's story. It will include writing exercises, feedback, mini-talks, and question and answer sessions.

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Getting Published as a Writer for Children with Jane Godwin and guest, Davina Bell

ONLINE

3 evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Are you a new writer for children? This online course offers an understanding of what goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make their choices, how to give yourself the best chance of publication and what to expect from the publishing process. It also provides an opportunity to discuss the author-publisher relationship with an experienced author and illustrator. Learn more about the industry, explore different ways to approach your writing and build a strong story, and become aware of common pitfalls.

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The Opening Chapter: Starting Fiction Strong with Kristina Olsson

ONLINE

8 weeks, 6.30-8.30pm

This is where you start. Have you struggled to get the first words down in a project? During this 8-week course you will be part of a supportive learning environment designed to get you started on your dream work of fiction and to finish the opening chapter of your work in progress. Your tutor will work with you to begin a project plan to get you to keep working once the first chapter is done.

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The Crime Fiction Lab with RWR McDonald and Katherine Kovacic

ONLINE

5 weeks, 6.30-8.30pm

This five-week course dives into the elements of Crime Fiction, discussing the sub-genres and rules, exploring the various types protagonists and the ways crime stories can be told. Each week class exercises will help develop these elements in your own writing, whether you have a work in progress, or the glimmer of a story idea. We will interrogate your suspects, examine your clues, attend your crime scenes and apprehend your criminal. With special guests Craig Sisterson, Sarah Bailey and Chris Hammer.

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The Publisher Package with Angela Meyer

ONLINE

25 minute one-on-one meeting

Navigating the literary marketplace can be daunting for new and emerging writers. This unique package will give you an experience of the industry that is normally reserved for writers represented by an agent or already signed by a publisher. This is the ideal professional development program for aspiring writers.

Includes a copy-edit on a 3000-word sample of your manuscript by a Senior Editor.

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Nonfiction Bootcamp with Martin McKenzie-Murray

ONLINE

Five weekly two-hour sessions, 6.30-8.30pm

In this five-week course, you will learn the essentials for writing engaging and authentic nonfiction. Whether you’re planning to write first-person memoir or researched reportage, this course will help you find the best way to present your facts. Learn from someone who has successfully written in both modes.

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Writing Young Adult with Simmone Howell

Five weekly two-hour sessions, 6.30-8.30pm

ONLINE

In this five-week course, we will ask what makes a book a YA book, and what makes a YA book stand out in the market. We'll discuss techniques for drawing on your own young adult self, at the same time as writing fiction that is fresh and immediate for contemporary readers. We'll workshop ideas for planning, plotting and polishing, and consider tips on publishing.

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