A course that covers the main techniques of writing utilising a blend of workshops, class discussion and teaching. Designed for both novice and intermediate writers of fiction, the techniques and practices discussed will be common to both short story and novel writing.
|Tutor: Ruby Radburn - author
|Day 1:||The blank page / Characters / Dialogue||
Getting started: ideas and inspiration.
Forming good habits. Techniques for creating convincing characters.
Relationships between characters.
|Day 2:||Voice and Viewpoint / Plot and structure / The external world||
Voice: a presence on the page.
Exploring tense and narrative viewpoint.
Tension, conflict and suspense.
|Day 3:||Editing and Revising / Writing as an ongoing pursuit||Revision techniques - finding weak points.
Cutting down vs. building up. Developing writing networks and support. Competitions, resources, agents, publishers. On Day 3, students will be encouraged to share work-in-progress with others, in small groups or in pairs, and will also have the opportunity for a brief one-to-one tutorial.