Next weekend's workshop will take you through all the things you need to turn that idea into a great story.
I was also asked to include evaluations, interviews, examples and exercises. All workshops will now have all four.
I hope to see you there. Check out the details below or book now on the workshop's page http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/turning-your-idea-into-a-story.html
WAKING YOUR IMAGINATION AND EXPLORING STORY STRUCTURE
Saturday February 23rd, 8.30am to 1.30pm. Instructor: Elaine Ouston
The workshop is suitable for writing for adults and children in all forms; from short stories, memoirs, and novels to picture books.
It will help you turn that idea into a story everyone will want to read by showing you how to add excitement, depth and intrigue.
We will also explore the building blocks that make a compelling story that no one can put down.
Feedback: Send the first 10 pages of your writing by February 18th for feedback on the day.
The course includes:
From boring to exciting: Turning a story idea into an exciting story only takes a bit of imagination. We will explore how to stimulate your imagination to make this happen.
Point of view: New writers are often baffled when trying to choose a point of view for their stories and novels. In this workshop we will look at the pitfalls and benefits of them all and help you discover the right one for your story.
Plotting: Plotting your story is vital. Trying to write a story without a plot is like going on a journey without a map. Most writers who experience writer's block do so because they get lost on the way and have no clear direction.
Setting: Well described and interesting setting description will transport your reader to the world of your story. We will also examine the way we can use setting to add mood to the story.
Realistic and Engaging Characters: Characters make the story. Many characters in stories are flat. They don't have to be that way. We will look at ways to make them believable and memorable.
Rising tension: How to add excitement, depth and intrigue, and much more. What will make your reader stayed glued to the story until the end? Tension. We examine the six key things that will help you achieve that.
This is a practical, hands-on course where writers will be experimenting with different ways to use each element.
Go to the web page for more details and to book.
Date: Saturday February 23rd 2018
Time: 8.30am to 1.30pm
Where: Gondor Writers’ Centre, 19 Caloundra St, Landsborough.
All it takes to be great at anything is to decide that is what you want. Once you have made that decision, you will get serious about how to make it happen and search for the best ways.
Writing a great story of any kind requires much technical skill, but these skills can be learned.
Like all professions, to be the best at what you do, you have to work at it. Many people can tell a story, but if it doesn't excite and intrigue the reader on the first page they won't read on.
These skills are needed whatever you are writing: short story, picture book, chapter books for children, poems, memoirs, novels, etc. Every professional had to put in the hard yards to learn their vocation. A writer is no different.
It is time to invest in your dream and take the courses you need. The cost is very reasonable. We keep our prices down because we know how important these workshops are to writers.
Our workshop plan to April is out now. All workshops include feedback, examples, and exercises.
More details are available on the website's workshop page. http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/workshops.html
Many more are in the planning stages for later in the year.