Creative Writing Course

Creative Writing Course

Creative Writing courses in Sydney. Open to the general public.

Learn Creative Writing with Creative Writing courses in Sydney – short courses created for you by the University of Newcastle.

This creative writing course is highly practical. This course is aimed at stimulating your creativity and imagination, finding answers to your questions as a writer, including your authentic voice, structuring narrative and crafting a plot. This creative writing course will challenge you by asking why, what and who are you writing for as well as how to enhance your writing skills. No matter what stage you are at in your writing, this creative writing course aims to support you through to the next step and will facilitate an exchange of ideas with like-minded participants. At the completion of this creative writing course you will leave feeling inspired with a direction to continue your pursuits.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this creative writing course you will know how to:

  1. Explore and deal with your strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
  2. Prose types.
  3. Fiction genres.
  4. Understand the value of imagery and how to employ it.
  5. Develop the characterisation process.
  6. Manage settings, action, plots and structure.

Course Content

This creative writing course will cover the following content:

The creative process

  • Viewpoints and techniques
  • Who are you writing for?
  • Why are you writing?

The Story

  • What do you want to write?
  • Whose story is it?
  • Prose and fiction genres from the writers' and readers' perspectives.

Characterisation

  • Who do you want to write about?
  • Searching for characters.
  • Developing characters.
  • Conflict and contradictions.
  • The quality of exposition.

Settings

  • Where is it?
  • How settings relate to characters and plots.
  • Imagery.

Voice and Perspective

  • Who is the narrator?
  • Forms of narration.
  • Dealing with the first, second and third person standpoints.
  • Mood and attitude.

Dialogue

  • Who is communicating and why?
  • Text and subtext: show and tell

Structure

  • How will you structure your story?
  • Beginnings, middle, endings.

Intended Audience

This creative writing course is aimed at those with an interest in creative writing, from those who have published their first stories to those who have only written for themselves. This creative writing course requires no formal university or creative writing experience, although it is recommended that participants read broadly and have attempted some form of writing in the past.

Delivery Style

This creative writing course will be delivered as an interactive workshop where the instructor will provide principles to drive workshop activities. This skills approach adopted in this creative writing course allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the instructor for engaged learning.

Course Prerequisites

This creative writing course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Course Features

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