Introducing six steps to writing Compelling Fiction
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Type of Programme: Fiction
What will you learn?
1. How to come up with inspired idea
'Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good
writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.’ Orson Scott Card
2. How to create believable characters: Character building
‘I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the
monsters loose.’ Stephen King
3. Plot structure: conflict tests: POV: building scenes
‘Make everybody fall out of the plane first, and then
explain who they were and why they were in the plane to begin with.’ Nancy Ann Dibble
4. Who What Why Where When and How: Causality: Motivation
‘I keep six honest serving men, (They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When,
and How and Where and Who’
5. Journey of the senses: How to build description:
(create mise en scene)
'It's better to write about things you feel than about things you
know about.’ L.P. Hartley
6. Review, rewrite
‘Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It
is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it...’ Michael Crichton
Who is it for?
Writers of all ages at the start of their writing journey
What you will do
The course is in 6 sessions, each 3 hours, with a coffee break. You will be participating in guided writing exercises and discussions, working with a supportive group, discussing what works or could work better, and why; revising, reviewing and growing as a writer. Group feedback will form an essential part of the learning.
There will introductory exercises to stimulate creativity and at the end of each session to summarise and give feedback. As a writer, you are also encouraged to read fiction and to learn from examples of great writing.
Why you should do it
It will help you to shape your ideas into stories which people will want to read. It will inspire and enthuse you to take risks with your writing and to create more believable, compelling and inspired fiction.
Who is your tutor? Anita Belli: Author biography
I have been writing since primary school and the local paper, Manchester Evening News (UK) published my stories and poems on its children’s page. My professional work led me to focus on supporting and developing the creative practice of arts
professionals, local communities and children by providing access to media, literature and performing Arts in order to encourage personal growth; enable success, support aspiration and celebrate accomplishment. I have a personal and
active interest in Dance, Media and Literature, winning awards as a writer and filmmaker, including Oscar Nomination for a student film. I have worked as a Director in the Arts since 1990, taught and devised post graduate filmmaking courses and developed media courses within the community. During that time I wrote compulsively. I am now a full time writer and divide my time between the windy East Coast of England and the sunny South Coast of Spain.
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