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Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction

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Course description

Learn creative nonfiction writing course in Sydney.

How to fashion exquisitely styled sentences.

Have you ever wondered how to spruce up your writing? Or clear the clutter from your sentences? Or entice, engage, and entertain a specific audience?

As any wordsmith knows, fashioning exquisitely styled sentences forms the foundation for writing success. Creative Nonfiction reveals the secret to constructing such sentences, by presenting a standard set of writing tools that all authors need to grasp. Although focused on nonfiction and creative nonfiction, these sentence-styling strategies can nonetheless be applied to any narrative, including fiction.

On completing this Creative Nonfiction Course, students, professionals, and writers of every skill and status will have enhanced their sentential potential, while mastering the art of stringing words together to produce sophisticated sentences – linguistic structures standing the tests of time and taste.

The course fee includes a copy of the prescribed textbook, Create, Narrate, Punctuate: How to Fashion Exquisitely Styled Sentences, written by Ramy Tadros.

Course content
  • In the beginning were simple rules
  • Find that just-right balance
  • Grow your sentences in three main ways
  • Serve your readers
  • Show — don’t tell
  • Embrace a simple spirit
  • Tailor the length of sentences to suit readers
  • Be active ( and sometimes passive )
  • Use strong verbs and concrete concepts
  • Mould left-, mid-, and right-branching sentences
  • Grasp, master, and use rhetorical devices
  • Glue it together
  • Avoid the dark side
  • Punctuation marks matter
  • Greet and farewell your audience in style
  • We can neither confirm nor deny your right to have fun
Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • write in a clear, concise, and engaging style, by embracing simple sentences and avoiding common writing blunders
  • shape sophisticated conjunction-rich and phrase-filled sentences
  • wield advanced writing techniques, such as tuning a verb’s voice and applying rhetorical devices, to attract an audience
  • master the main sentence patterns and correctly use punctuation marks ( colons, semicolons, hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes )
  • structure an essay, feature, article, book, e-book, or manuscript, by including an appealing hook and an unexpected ending ( bookend )
  • edit writing for clarity, brevity, and simplicity

This is not a fundamentals course. It is suitable for students who have a good knowledge of grammar. Students should understand the different types of phrase, clause and sentence and the different parts of speech.

Before the class – please organise:
  • A notebook with removable pages and something to write with
  • Laptops (optional)

The course fee includes the prescribed textbook, Create, Narrate, Punctuate: How to Fashion Exquisitely Styled Sentences, written by Ramy Tadros.

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.