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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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Writing for Children

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Join a published children’s author and discover how you can touch the hearts of children by creating books for them. If you’re a beginning writer, this course will help you transform a book idea into a finished product that you’ll be proud to place into the hands of potential publisher. And if you’re already a successful writer, this course will help you explore new opportunities and markets for... [More]

Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Who doesn’t know the fear of the blank page? How can we transform our visions into the written word? Is it really possible to become a terrific writer? You’ll find the answer to these and more of your questions in Writeriffic. In this high-energy class you’ll learn lots of tricks from the published writer’s toolbox. Whether you’re at work now or hoping to write a novel, a nonfiction book, a... [More]

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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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]

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Write Fiction Like a Pro

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. What’s the single biggest difference between professional authors and novices? Professionals know how to structure novels and stories for maximum dramatic effect. This course helps you develop the same story structuring skills the pros use. You’ll understand how your passion, theme, premise, and characters help you create the structure of your story, and you’ll discover how viewpoint, dialogue,... [More]

Fundamentals of Technical Writing

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. This course will teach you the skills you need to succeed as a technical writer. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, and how to become a wizard at marrying the art of... [More]

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]

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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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Uncovering the literary history of the wheatbelt

Dr. Tony Hughes-d’Aeth, author of Like Nothing on this Earth: A Literary History of the Wheatbelt, will examine the creation of the wheatbelt through its creative writing. Some of Australia’s most significant writers used their experiences of this landscape in their writing, providing insights into the human and environmental effects of this experiment of mass-scale agriculture. [More]

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