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Dramatise your story through narrative structure

New writers can struggle with narrative structure in writing whether the form is a novel, short story or script. In this workshop, writer John Harman will help you better understand the type of story you are telling, discover the importance of narrative structure and learn advanced techniques of plotting. Narrative structure is about choices and about writing your novel, short story or script in scenes. The choices hinge not only on the integration of the story and the plot (which... [More]
$175 Limited inc GST
Dramatise your story through narrative structure

<p>New writers can struggle with narrative structure in writing whether the form is a novel, short story or script. In this workshop, writer John Harman will help you better understand the type of

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Globejotting – learn to travel write

A travel diary doesn’t need to be a blow-by-blow account of every step along your sightseeing journey. Join travel blogger and writer Amanda Kendle to learn about various ways to write down your travels so that you, your family and friends will enjoy reading them over and over. You will learn about journaling, Instagram, scrapbooking both online and off, blogging, memoir, family diary writing and more. Travelling to new and exciting places makes us all want to find ways to capture... [More]
$150 Limited inc GST
Globejotting – learn to travel write

<p>A travel diary doesn’t need to be a blow-by-blow account of every step along your sightseeing journey. Join travel blogger and writer Amanda Kendle to learn about various ways to write down your

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please join the waiting list.

Start your Blog in a Day- private and business

Whether you’ve read a few blogs or have never heard of one, this course will get you blogging. Find out how to write and manage a blog, what to include, who your audience is, and how you can even make money from blogging. Participants will have the opportunity to start their own blog. For beginner bloggers, the process of starting up your blog can seem daunting, but this course will show you how and get you off on the right foot all in just one day. Learn about how to start your... [More]
$200 Limited inc GST
Start your Blog in a Day- private and business

<p>Whether you’ve read a few blogs or have never heard of one, this course will get you blogging. Find out how to write and manage a blog, what to include, who your audience is, and how you can even

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How to edit and assess your manuscript - getting from first draft to finishing your book

You have just finished the first draft of your manuscript and you are feeling mighty pleased with yourself. And so you should. It’s no mean feat writing between 70,000 and 140,000 words of a novel or non-fiction book. You are to be congratulated. But… what’s important for you to realise is that you are still much nearer the beginning of the process of writing your book than you are to the end. Your first draft is no more than that: a first draft. You have more drafts to work... [More]

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Creating memorable fictional characters

Fictional characters must possess sufficient strength of character to handle difficult dilemmas. In other words, they must be up to the demands of the plot. John Harman will show you how to create convincing characters, even those of the opposite gender. A story may be structured like a journey with a: Compass – the premise, theme, threads Map – the plot Engine – the motivation of the protagonist (plus other central characters) Fuel – the dialogue The depth, dimensionality and... [More]

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Developing your Writing Style

Aspiring writers love John’s fun and interactive workshops! Our favourite authors synthesise style, voice and tone to transport us into the world of their novel. What words do they use and in what order? How do they employ narrative mode? What point of view do they adopt? How adept are they at analogy? Learn how to focus on style in popular writing and how you can develop your own writing style to match that of published authors. [More]

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Writing dramatic dialogue

Dialogue should leap off the page. In novels, short stories, scripts and screenplays it must move the story forward, reveal character and provide essential exposition. Yet it must also be dramatic and believable. How to reconcile these apparently incompatible necessities is the subject of this dynamic and interactive workshop. A story is a completed process of change which has the ability to move readers' feelings powerfully and pleasurably (or painfully) in a certain, definite... [More]

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Show Don't Tell- Skilful use of Exposition

Stories do not come out of a void. Your reader needs to know much about the time, the setting, the characters and past events to enjoy and make sense of the story. How to handle this mass of detail called exposition? Some storytellers set down facts like a newspaper report; others use awkward and unnatural contrivances. This workshop shows how the subtle art of exposition – showing not telling – may be woven into the fabric of the story so the reader is unaware of being given... [More]

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Getting published - mastering the process

Completing the first draft of your manuscript – whether for a novel, short story, non-fiction book or magazine article – is a major achievement. Yet this is only the first step in a long journey to getting published. In this course you will learn the step-by-step process including market research, finding an agent, approaching publishing houses, and the pros and cons of self-publishing. Your first draft is only the beginning. Now comes the rewriting, and yet more rewriting; then... [More]

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Grammar therapy

With a few tweaks you could improve your writing, whether it’s for work, a blog or personal correspondence. Linguist Daniel Midgley presents a fun and easy crash course in English grammar. Along the way, he’ll show you how language really works. Some well-placed commas will make you feel better. OUTLINE Session 1: The basics: Nouns, verbs, and all that Session 2: Advanced grammar for advanced dummies: Tense, aspect, and mood Session 3: Getting structural: Phrases and clauses... [More]

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