Creative Writing: Novel Writing Course

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Learn the techniques of writing a novel with our Creative Writing Courses in Sydney.

The interactive live online course will be delivered via Zoom platform, with a small class group.

Have you tried to start writing a novel and gotten stuck somewhere in the middle? Do you have a burning desire to get that story out of you and onto the page, and don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’re plodding along with your novel, and you’re not sure if you’re doing it right…?

This practical course is designed to give you the skills to write engaging novels. It doesn’t matter what stage of writing you’re at, whether you’ve got the glimmer of an idea and can’t figure out where to start, or whether you’ve started and just need some guidance on the next step toward completion and publication, this course will give you the fundamental bricks for building your fiction novel, one word at a time.

Wherever you’re at, this course may help launch your writing career. On completion, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of fiction novel writing, along with a writer’s toolkit jam-packed with techniques and tips for creating engaging, must-read fiction. You’ll also have gained valuable insights into the world of publishing from an experienced, published author.

Ideal for...

This course is suitable for beginners and students with some creative writing experience.

Course outline
  • Week 1: Character - how to build compelling heroes, villains and supporting characters with objectives, motivation and conflict, and understand character interactions and their roles within story
  • Week 2: Structure, plot & hooks - how to plan your story, develop an outline, ensure conflict is sustainable, and hook reader interest all the way through until "The End"
  • Week 3: Scene & sequel, tension & pacing - how to engage action and reaction, character insights and pivots, to create drive and direction; and assess the structural merits of a scene, and how to raise the stakes and ratchet the tension and control the pace of your story
  • Week 4: Point of view, dialogue & setting- how to utilise deep point of view and dialogue to conceal and/or reveal, and use setting as a character in your story
  • Week 5: Revision & editing- how to objectively assess your story for structural integrity, fix any issues, and edit and polish your story until it shines
  • Week 6: Synopses, submissions and publishing - how to write a synopsis, research editors, agents and publishers and prepare your manuscript for submission
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

  • have learned how to develop and craft compelling characters your readers will cheer for
  • understand and know how to draft plot outlines and story plans
  • know how to use scene and sequel to draw a reader along in the story
  • be able to optimise reader experience by using point of view, dialogue and setting to your advantage
  • know how to hook editors, agents and readers by creating an engrossing read they can’t put down
  • understand the steps involved to prepare a finished novel for submission or publication
  • gain valuable industry insights beyond the secret doors of publishing, and understand the process from story concept through to publication.
Please bring to each class...
  • a notebook with removable pages
  • pen or pencil
  • a laptop or tablet if this is what you prefer to write on (optional)

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Creative Writing: Novel Writing Course

<p>Learn the techniques of writing a novel with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/Arts/writing-creative-writing-courses-classes-sydney">Creative Writing Courses</a> in

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$359 Limited inc GST / $287.20 / $323.10
This class will be offered live online via Zoom
Creative Writing: Novel Writing Course

<p>Learn the techniques of writing a novel with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/Arts/writing-creative-writing-courses-classes-sydney">Creative Writing Courses</a> in

...
$359 Limited inc GST / $287.20 / $323.10

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Course testimonials:

  • said: It was great to get the insights from a well-published author who has 'been there and done that'... lots of excellent advice for budding authors and excellent at finding solutions on the fly for those who were stuck. A couple of improvements... use more novel examples and more collaborative writing in class... Overall, an enjoyable learning experience, thank you Shannon.

  • said: Learned a lot more than I thought I would. Shannon was great.

  • said: 5 stars for the calibre of the tutor and the level of preparation she had put in... the downside was sound insulation between classrooms is very poor and we were surrounded by noisy language classes.

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