Writing Courses2018-12-21T03:36:00+00:00

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Creative Fiction Writing Courses

Intro to Writing Fiction

Just getting started?

Improve your writing skills with this introduction to creative fiction writing. Focusing on a new topic each week, at each class, we’ll use fun exercises, creative writing prompts, examples and facilitated group discussion to improve our writing skills, in a programme designed to inspire and support new writers.

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Advanced Fiction Writing

Explore some of the more complex aspects of fiction writing. Whether you want a non-linear plot or more nuanced narration style, this course will extend and develop your writing skills to take your fiction to the next level. Ideal for graduates of the ‘Introduction to writing fiction’ course, and other more experienced writers.

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Start your Novel

Starting writing a novel is a daunting task. This practical course will get you translating ideas into action. Through creative exercises, ‘homework’ assignments and constructive critical feedback, this course will get you well on the way to writing your novel. Great for graduates of the Introduction to Fiction Writing course, as well as anyone ready to get cracking on their novel.

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Workshops

Want to know more about a specific aspect of fiction writing? If you can’t commit to a full course, come join us for the topics that most spark your interest.

Beginner Topics
Advanced Topics

Introduction to Writing Fiction

Overview

On this course, we’ll cover all the basics of writing fiction that you need to know to make your creative writing project a success. We’ll explore different approaches to developing your story, to help you challenge yourself as a writer, as well as identify writing techniques that best work for you. We’ll use fun exercises, creative prompts and group discussion to learn about the different elements and skills that go into bringing a story idea to life, in a programme designed to support and inspire aspiring writers.

Next Course Dates: 2 Feb – 23 March

Saturdays 9.30-11.30am, Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD

$200

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Weekend Intensive: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April

9am-4pm, Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD

$200

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Course Outline

Never run out of ideas again!

The ability to constantly invent is key to writing fiction. In this workshop, we will use a wide range of fun exercises to stimulate your imagination and generate creative writing ideas. This workshop aims to equip you with tools you can use to continually develop ideas, whether you need to formulate an entire storyline or sketch out the details of your plot.

Create a storyline and plot structure

A solid plot forms the backbone of a good novel. In this workshop, we’ll learn about the different plot ‘formulae’ that recur in fiction and how these can be adapted. We’ll go through creative exercises that give you the chance to trial various approaches to plotting, at different levels of detail. The aim is to help you find a method that works for you in developing your storyline and planning a structure for your novel.

Getting the pacing right is a crucial element in writing a highly readable story. We’ll look at how scenes play different roles in speeding up the pace of a story, increasing the tension, and in giving the reader some ‘breathing space’. You will have a chance to try out creative exercises which will help you vary the pace and create tension in your writing.

Create memorable characters

Good characters are the driving force of a good novel, and getting the reader to care about your characters is the key to writing a page-turner. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the different character types and learn about character arcs. Through fun creative exercises and prompts, we will create a cast of memorable characters to populate your novel, as well as describe them in a distinctive way.

Choose the right point of view

In this workshop, we will explore the influence of point of view on the reader experience. Through some creative writing exercises, we’ll help you identify which points of view and narration styles most resonate with you as a writer, as well as challenging you to experiment with different styles to expand your writing skills.

Bring your dialogue to life

Good dialogue is a key element in driving your story forward and engaging the reader. In this workshop, we will use fun and energetic exercises to create dialogue that really sparkles. We’ll discuss some of the secrets that make dialogue both realistic and gripping.

Create vivid scenes

In this workshop, we’ll work at writing evocative description, focusing on how to select crucial details that bring your scenes to life in the reader’s mind. We’ll also discuss some of the ways you can develop your writer’s eye for detail and develop daily habits that help polish your descriptions.

Polish your novel to perfection

In this workshop, we’ll discuss approaches to editing, to help you plan out your approach for tackling your next draft. We’ll identify key points to address in editing, and go through some exercises designed to help develop your editor’s eye.

Advanced Fiction Writing

Overview

On this course, we’ll explore some of the more complex aspects of fiction writing. We will focus on some very nuanced possibilities for writing, such as non-linear plots and the role of sub-plots, different narration styles and multiple perspectives. Using creative exercises and interactive discussion, this course will help you challenge yourself as a writer and develop your writing skills.

 

This course is ideal for graduates of our ‘Introduction to writing fiction’ course, and other non-beginner writers. If you’re unsure if this course is right for you, get in touch.

Next Course Dates: 2 – 23 Feb

Saturdays 12-2pm, Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD

$120

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Course Outline

Writing with a clear theme will strengthen your writing and ensure your story speaks to the reader. As fiction writers, we have the power to use our stories to make observations and comments about – and even to critique – our society. We will explore the kinds of messages that we each want to send to the world through our writing, and consider how we can use plot and language to bring out these messages.

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Building on what we learned about plot structures in our introductory course, we will explore more complex plot structures, in particular non-linear ones. We will consider how to structure a non-linear plot for maximum impact, and we will also touch on the role of sub-plots in supporting the main plot and the theme.

Again building on what we covered in our introductory course, we will further explore different narration styles. We will look specifically at the why and how of having multiple point-of-view characters (or narrators), as well as focusing on the ‘indirect free’ style and looking specifically at the effects you can achieve with using an unreliable narrator.

Storytelling is an integral part of being human, and there are a number of reasons why fiction so appeals to us. We will consider some of our reasons for reading fiction, and explore ways of consciously using our writing to build an emotional connection with the reader, to make our writing more impactful to leave a lasting impression on the reader.

Start Your Novel

Overview

Do you have an idea for a novel but don’t quite know where and how to get started? This course is designed to set you off on your creative writing journey. In an interactive and supportive group setting, we’ll help writers move from the idea stage to getting the words down on paper. Through creative exercises, ‘homework’ assignments and constructive critical feedback, this course will get you well on the way to writing your novel.

 

Great for graduates of the Introduction to Fiction Writing course, as well as anyone ready to get cracking on their novel.

Next Course Dates: 2 – 23 Mar

Saturdays 12-2pm, Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD

$150

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Course Outline

This course is limited to six writers, and includes intensive time working on the specific ideas and challenges of your novel.

Come prepared to write, share and transform your novel from idea to page.

Book early to avoid missing out.

Workshops

Choose your favourite topics

Beginner Workshops

Never run out of ideas again!

The ability to constantly invent is key to writing fiction. In this workshop, we will use a wide range of fun exercises to stimulate your imagination and generate creative writing ideas. This workshop aims to equip you with tools you can use to continually develop ideas, whether you need to formulate an entire storyline or sketch out the details of your plot.

Book Now

Create a storyline and plot structure

A solid plot forms the backbone of a good novel. In this workshop, we’ll learn about the different plot ‘formulae’ that recur in fiction and how these can be adapted. We’ll go through creative exercises that give you the chance to trial various approaches to plotting, at different levels of detail. The aim is to help you find a method that works for you in developing your storyline and planning a structure for your novel.

Book Now

Getting the pacing right is a crucial element in writing a highly readable story. We’ll look at how scenes play different roles in speeding up the pace of a story, increasing the tension, and in giving the reader some ‘breathing space’. You will have a chance to try out creative exercises which will help you vary the pace and create tension in your writing.

Book Now

Create memorable characters

Good characters are the driving force of a good novel, and getting the reader to care about your characters is the key to writing a page-turner. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the different character types and learn about character arcs. Through fun creative exercises and prompts, we will create a cast of memorable characters to populate your novel, as well as describe them in a distinctive way.

Book Now

Choose the right point of view

In this workshop, we will explore the influence of point of view on the reader experience. Through some creative writing exercises, we’ll help you identify which points of view and narration styles most resonate with you as a writer, as well as challenging you to experiment with different styles to expand your writing skills.

Book Now

Bring your dialogue to life

Good dialogue is a key element in driving your story forward and engaging the reader. In this workshop, we will use fun and energetic exercises to create dialogue that really sparkles. We’ll discuss some of the secrets that make dialogue both realistic and gripping.

Book Now

Create vivid scenes

In this workshop, we’ll work at writing evocative description, focusing on how to select crucial details that bring your scenes to life in the reader’s mind. We’ll also discuss some of the ways you can develop your writer’s eye for detail and develop daily habits that help polish your descriptions.

Book Now

Polish your novel to perfection

In this workshop, we’ll discuss approaches to editing, to help you plan out your approach for tackling your next draft. We’ll identify key points to address in editing, and go through some exercises designed to help develop your editor’s eye.

Book Now

Advanced Workshops

Writing with a clear theme will strengthen your writing and ensure your story speaks to the reader. As fiction writers, we have the power to use our stories to make observations and comments about – and even to critique – our society. We will explore the kinds of messages that we each want to send to the world through our writing, and consider how we can use plot and language to bring out these messages.

Book Now

Building on what we learned about plot structures in our introductory course, we will explore more complex plot structures, in particular non-linear ones. We will consider how to structure a non-linear plot for maximum impact, and we will also touch on the role of sub-plots in supporting the main plot and the theme.

Book Now

Again building on what we covered in our introductory course, we will further explore different narration styles. We will look specifically at the why and how of having multiple point-of-view characters (or narrators), as well as focusing on the ‘indirect free’ style and looking specifically at the effects you can achieve with using an unreliable narrator.

Book Now

Storytelling is an integral part of being human, and there are a number of reasons why fiction so appeals to us. We will consider some of our reasons for reading fiction, and explore ways of consciously using our writing to build an emotional connection with the reader, to make our writing more impactful to leave a lasting impression on the reader.

Book Now

$35/workshop

Register

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