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Course 1: Develop Your Basic Writing Skills
Improve your writing skills!
We all need to write e-mails, complaint letters, thank you notes, business reports, memos and adverts.
Make sure you write for your best advantage and avoid the disasters of relying on grammar and spell checkers.
Have you ever read an e-mail advertisement and thought, “Why should I hire someone who can’t even spell?” Or looked over a letter and muttered, “What is this person trying to say?” You may be thinking, “Yes, but I use state-of-the-art word processing software with spelling and grammar checkers.” Checkers can be helpful, but they don’t take the work out of writing. They won’t create smooth transitions between paragraphs. They won’t write to your reader’s vocabulary. They won’t stop you when you’ve said everything that needs saying. They don’t even do their proper jobs flawlessly.
Our course is for “everyday writers” who want to ensure that ordinary written communications achieve their purpose, whether it’s convincing a manufacturer to replace a faulty doodad or giving a warm feeling to the friend who opens your e-mail.
Polish your skills today and always make the impression you want with everyone you communicate with.
Course 2: Children’s Story Writing
Lets start with motivation – why do we want to write for children? Like many aspects of writing even the best writers struggle to make a living from royalties. Most writers are motivated by other thoughts and ideas and the difficulties of moving from an adult to a child’s perspective.
We’ve all been children, we all know a parent or parent-figure. This makes us all potential writers of children’s books. I think of children’s books as not so much for children, but as the filling that goes between the child world and the adult world. One way or another, all children’s books have to negotiate that space, whether it’s thinking about how the text of a picture book will sound when read aloud, or how the child views him or herself in a world run by adults. And before it reaches the hand, eye or ear of a child there are many adults to deal with: editors, illustrators, publicists, marketing people, the buying adults. And of course, more than likely, you’re an adult reading this, so the moment you think about writing something for children, you’ll be handling something or other from your own childhood. This may be something you read, experiences of being read to, pleasurable or painful experiences from when you were young.
When you sign up for Children’s Story Wring you will discover the skills required through simple exercises, ideas, formats and inspiration.
Could you be the next “Harry Potter”? You’ll never know if you do not try!
Course 3: The Art Of Short Story Writing
Do you love good stories and want to learn how write short stories?
Explore the art of short story telling through ten tales that illustrate spellbinding writing techniques, capturing “life” in a mere handful of pages.
Over this course you will explore various short stories (both classic and contemporary), examining their spellbinding effect and the techniques used by the authors to capture “life” in a mere handful of pages. This will deepen your appreciation of the short story and shed light on how to write your own short fiction. The aim is to deliver better understanding of the unique art of the short story and how you can achieve real results.
In order to get over the skills of the craft of each module we will explore a short story to illustrate what we are aiming for. It is not essential you have access to these stories but if you do then it obviously helps – perhaps your local library could help you.
We can deepen your appreciation of the short story and help you write your own short fiction, through skill activities. Why not start today?
Course 4: An Introduction To Fiction Writing
There are many elements that contribute to writing a book that qualifies as a good read. Convincing characters; strong stories; fluid and original prose; writing that conjures vivid mental pictures for the reader; writing that evokes all our senses – touch, taste, smell, hearing, seeing; writing that packs an emotional punch.
Over these modules we hope to provide tips, structure and help for you to get writing and hopefully selling your work of fiction.
Writing fiction – unlike operating a piece of heavy machinery, say, or cooking a chicken – is not a skill that can be taught. There is no standard way of doing it, just as there is no means of telling, while you’re doing it, whether you’re doing it well or badly. And merely because you’ve done it well once doesn’t mean you can do it well again. The whole process is devoid of rules or fairness but that doesn’t mean that guides like this are without value. On the contrary. Having the urge to write, especially if you’ve yet to be published, is like having a medical condition impossible to mention in polite company – it’s a relief simply to know there are fellow-sufferers out there. There are basic rules and techniques that anyone can follow that make the job of writing much easier and your finished work more coherent.
Join us as we outline the steps that any fiction writer has to take in order to complete a work. This course compliments our more detailed guides with inspiration, tips, ideas, exercises and plain common sense to encourage you to start writing.
Want to write then stop thinking and start doing today.
Course 5: An Introduction To Comedy Writing
This short course is based mainly on the writings of other comedy writers and their tips in order to give an experienced view of this genre. So let’s start with Catherine Tate and her experience as a writer.
“’Writing” always means “not writing” to me, because I will do anything to put it off. I think this is mainly because writing anything down and then handing it over to a third party – especially in comedy – is such an exposing act that you naturally want to delay the process. Also, the control required to get ideas out of my head and into some tangible form that I can present to others doesn’t come easily to me. I will quite simply do anything other than sit down in front of a blank screen and begin. I just can’t do it, or more accurately, won’t. The irony is that once I have stopped colour coding my tea towels and leaving messages for people I haven’t spoken to in years, I do get into the flow of it and, dare I say it, enjoy writing. But it’s the getting started.
There are comedic rules and formulae and, while these tenets should be respected, especially by a newcomer, perversely you can still succeed by openly contradicting them.
Because comedy is about breaking the rules. Even its own rules. Though, as with many disciplines, it is wise to master the basics before you attempt to subvert them. Comedy is also so subjective that a script that reduces one audience to tears of laughter, can leave another staring at you in threatening silence.
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Course 6: Biography Writing
Whatever style you want to write – memoir, diarist, autobiography or biography, our introduction furnishes tips, ideas and a plan to help you succeed.
A biography tells the story of a life other than the author’s. Traditionally, this has taken the form of a straight narrative arc from birth to death. Recently biography has started to take on more exciting and imaginative forms than this traditional “cradle to grave” approach.
It’s your choice what form you wish to pursue. You can’t choose your relatives but you can choose which ones you write about. Deciding on whose lives you will research – whether as part of a family history or as a single biography – will depend on several factors. Ideally, your interests and skills should match theirs. If you want to write about a Nobel Prize winning economist but you failed school exams you may struggle to appreciate their work. On the other hand, ignorance can be the ideal starting point from which to demystify a complicated subject.
Biographies can be a complex beast but we break the tasks and formats into simple steps, with exercises to develop your skills and understanding. Whether it be personal, family history, a day in the life of, or a full blown historical biography, you can do it. Why not start today?
Course 7: Be an Inspirational Writer
The inspirational writing market is big business and is hungry for new contributions including you.
- Could you write a book that inspires others?
- Do you have insights that could improve peoples lives?
Self improvement or inspirational publications are big business these days. There is a huge public demand for writers of everyday miracles.
Yes, people like you who want to tug hearts are in demand! The inspirational market is awaiting your contribution! Over this course we will share inspirational lessons from some famous writers that reflect on inspiring you as a writer, as much as about how to write inspirational works.
As a writer of inspirational works, feeling positive through a sense of purpose means each time you write, you have the satisfaction of knowing it is being done for a grander good that usually involves two aspects, Conquering an obstacle or Easing a fear
When writing about conquering an obstacle or fear, content must be preventive. “Preventive” means the content should stop a bad situation from happening: you have overcome your pitfalls, so you are able to write about each one and how others might avoid them. The idea is to aid readers in attaining your wisdom without their having to go through the same tumultuous situation. By revealing circumstances that turned you yellow and their corresponding solutions, you will have produced some very helpful material. Or better yet — you will have inspired a song, created a bond, altered a path, healed a heart, mended a rift, rescued a soul, transformed a relationship, re-affirmed a marriage or saved a life. In short, using trials and tribulations as focuses for your writing should serve to keep others and you bravely inspired.
Learn to put life insights onto paper, develop ideas, share values and be inspired as a writer!
Course 8: How To Be A Memoir Writer!
Everyone has a story to tell, even if it’s just to spice up the family history.
No longer are memoirs just for the famous, those of ordinary people’s lives have a wide popular market. Before Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt was a high school teacher.
Historically, when someone said, “I’m going to write my memoirs,” he was referring to an autobiography, which is simply an account of a person’s life written by that person.
The typical autobiographer is a famous person at the end of a career who is looking back at the big picture and follows the celebrity from humble beginnings to first big break and finally on to the glory days, awards, adulation. Examples of this abound so memoir is technically a subset of autobiographical writing. Recently, however, memoir has emerged as a strikingly distinct (and wildly popular) form.
The trick is to give your memories the focus of good fiction. We help you realise the many story possibilities in your own life and turn them into compelling memoirs that sell.
Let us help give you the confidence and inspiration needed to start writing a memoir.
Course 9: How Story Telling Can Make You A Better Writer
Over the coming modules we will be providing practical tips and advice on how to be a storyteller, not just for children but a teller of tales for adults as an entertainment and for work purposes. But before we start any practical work let’s look back at the rich oral tradition that the storyteller draws from.
Storytelling is the ancient art of conveying events in words, images, and sounds often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture and in every land as a means of entertainment, education, preservation of culture and in order to instil moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot and characters, as well as the narrative point of view. Stories are frequently used to teach, explain, and/or entertain.
Storytelling has existed as long as humanity has had language. Every culture has its stories and legends, just as every culture has its storytellers and often revered figures with the magic of the tale in their voices and minds.
You can be a storyteller! Storytelling is, by its nature, personal, interpretive, and uniquely human, that passes on the essence of life. The world of storytelling is for adults, children, family, businesses and a learning tool. Storytelling is not just for kids!
We provide an overview, tips and ideas to make you you a great storyteller and you can even earn an income from your skill.
Whether you want to help your own children or expand the possibilities, start with us today!
Course 10: Pen Names and Pseudonyms
What’s in a name?
Some authors use pseudonyms for a variety of reasons: for example, to experiment with a new genre without the risk of upsetting regular readers. One author may have several pseudonyms depending on the genre.
This use of pseudonyms is especially common if the new genre is of a somewhat risqué nature; such was the case of Pauline Réage, the pseudonym under which an editorial secretary with a reputation of near-prudery published Histoire d’O (Story of O), an erotic novel of sadomasochism and sexual slavery
But why use one?
After putting effort into writing something, why would anyone not want to claim it as his or her own?
Find out why and how in this short course and earn an income from writing under other names!
Using a pen name or pseudonym is simple and anyone can have a new name.
Well for an author it could be fame and fortune! many famous authors use pen names to sell their works so why not you?
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