Beginners Creative Writing Course (6 Weeks)

With Jim Hall. Starting 11/08/2022

Start Date: 11th August 2022 – FULL

This Online Beginners Creative Writing Course is suitable for complete beginners. It’s also suitable if you haven’t written anything for a while and if you’d like some help with your writing routine.

There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. You will receive written feedback on all assignments.

Note: The tutor will email you on the course start date with your first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

Our beginners courses are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Week One – Start Where?

Getting started is often the hardest part. The greatest idea of all-time pops into your head, only for a blank page to glare back. This week, we will ease that pressure by setting ourselves meaningful writing goals, making the act of starting to write feel less scary, and more possible.

Week Two – Inspiration Is Everywhere

A cat sniffing your bowl of cereal. The unexpected text message from an old friend. This week we will use what is around us to help generate and develop our writing ideas, learning how anything can find its way into a story.

Week Three – Characters That Come Alive on The Page

More than interesting description and dialogue, this week we explore the idea of a complex character, narrator, or speaker of a story, and what tips and tricks can be used to create a character that both you and your reader can truly invest in.

Week Four – If in Doubt, Describe

This week we will look at how description can both set and turn a scene on its head. Using everything from carefully placed sensory details, to zooming in and out of the action unfolding, it’s time to let your writing truly leap off the page.

Week Five – Structure, Structure, Structure

This week we lay out what is happening, when, and where. We will explore how learning the rules, only to break them, can work powerfully when it comes to the structure of a story, and how unexpected twists and turns can surprise both writer and reader.

Week Six – What We Did, What We Will Do Next

In this week, we reflect on what we have achieved (no matter how seemingly small), before looking ahead to the steps we might take to continue writing – be that the ongoing revision of a current story or carving out space in your daily life to keep going, and growing, as a writer.

‘The neurotransmitters in my brain have been completely re-wired, given a good work out, and fired it up with enthusiasm to create something good one day. All thanks to you. I couldn’t have had a more, supportive, encouraging, ‘opener of many doors’ to possibilities for the future than you, Jim. Thank you so much.’ – N

‘I have never come across anything like your method of setting goals, tasks and the week’s work. It was fresh and inspiring. Your lesson materials are excellent… All content is pertinent. There are plenty of things to do, and the suggestions are properly structured. I found so much food for thought that I am going to print everything out and go through it again. You are full of life, and you share this. Your generosity of spirit has been a joy to encounter.’ – J

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at info@creativewriting.co.nz.

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

About The Tutor

Jim is a writer, educator, and support worker. His published work includes: Upon Arrival, Drop Your Cool (2014), Boy (2015), and ELSEWHERE (forthcoming). He has served as writer-in-residence for various schools and University settings, in which he curated, edited and published anthologies of creative writing by new writers, many of whom had previously never put pen to paper. In 2019, he worked as a programme manager for UNESCO City of Literature, supporting writers of all ages and backgrounds to read and write for pleasure, running workshops and writing groups for adults and young people to develop their creative confidence. Jim firmly believes in ‘leaving out no-one’ when it comes to accessing creativity, and that everyone has a story to tell. He cannot wait to hear yours.

 

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Course Details

  • Start Date: 11/08/2022
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 299 NZD