These writing modules are suitable for young writers aged 8 to 14 years. They can be undertaken at any time and there is no deadline for delivery of assignments (set for each module).
The cost of each module is $50 which includes editing of your work, a written report and a certificate of achievement. Send your cheque (payable to Di Bates) to PO Box 2116, Woonona East NSW 2517 with your email address and/or postal address. Payment can also be made online, on application to firstname.lastname@example.org
MODULES ON OFFER
GETTING IDEAS &GETTING STARTED
How to find ideas.Starting an ideas’ book.Keeping notebooks. How to read as a writer. Getting started. Brainstorming. Organising material.Marathonwriting. The writers’ circle. Assignment.
CHARACTERS & DIALOGUE
Create a character file.How to “collect” characters.Naming your characters.Start with a character.Characters from situations. Major and minor characters. The importance of motivation.Three dimensional characters.The protagonist.The antagonist.Describing your characters.Character tags.Famous characters in literature.Assignment.
WRITING SHORT STORIES
Short story elements. Plotting.Characters.Motive.Conflict.The opening sentence. Resolution. Titles.Why is setting important?Using the senses.How to make setting part of the background of a story. The importance of story design.Focus.Style.Sequence of events. Continuous and discontinuous narration.Narrator.Bias in viewpoint.Tense.Literature study. What is “genre fiction”? Different types of fictional stories.Genre “rules”.Assignment.
Section I: WORKING WITH WORDS
What is editing? Using a thesaurus. Finding the right word. Be specific. Make every word count. Remove vague words. Replace repetitive words. Use compact words. Replace overworked words. Write with nouns and verbs. Improve verbs. Improve nouns. Use precise adjectives and adverbs. Use the active voice. Don’t be ambiguous. Assignment.
Section 2: WORKING WITH SENTENCES
In other words. Focus on facts. Create word pictures. Add phrases. Show, Don’t Tell. Develop imagery. Similies. Metaphors. Develop the senses. Join short sentences. Vary sentence length. Vary sentence structure. Sentence modelling. An edited story. Assignment.
What is poetry? Getting started.Creating poetic images. Drafting a Poem. Rhythm. Rhyme. Other poetic devices. The shape of a poem. Poetry forms to experiment with. Free verse. Common faults in beginner’s poems. Submitting a poem. Advice from published poets.Some poetry topics. Assignment.