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Let's write a book: the 6 step guide to getting started

Learn the basics of crafting your fiction novel in 6, weekly sessions. Sessions last approximately 1.5 hours. No prior learning required.

Learn the basics of crafting your fiction novel in 6, weekly sessions. Sessions last approximately 1.5 hours. No prior learning required.



About this Event




A workshop is so much more than a discussion; it’s an opportunity to learn, share ideas and concepts, and to practise writing in a supportive, interactive environment.

Over this six week program, Karen will discuss core writing techniques to get you started on your own book, and will share her own experiences and tips learned along the road to completing her four published books.

Participants will benefit from activities, group discussions and writing activities, and will be provided writing exercises to try in their own time.

Everyone will be encouraged to share work and to give and receive constructive feedback with other members of the group.

This program is designed to motivate and inspire participants to not only get the creative juices flowing, but to confidently lay down the foundations of their own novel.




Course Outline

Let’s write a book: the 6 step Guide to getting started

With author Karen Turner

Weekly sessions will cover the following:

1: Plotting and Structure (1.5 hours)

Let’s lay the foundations for our story.

Topics discussed include:

• Theme

• Plot

• Structure

• Conflict, crisis, resolution

Group activity

Home activity

2: Point of View and Tone (1.5 hours)

Recap last week. Share home activity/Q & A

Let’s talk about who’s talking.

Topics discussed include:

• Who is speaking?

• To whom are they speaking?

• How are they speaking?

Practice activity

Home activity

3: Research (1.5 hours)

Recap last week. Share home activity/Q & A

Let’s look at finding out stuff.

Topics discussed include:

• Why/if accuracy is important

• Where to research

• Where not to research

• How to research

• How much research

Practice activity

Home activity

4: Character Development (1.5 hours)

Recap last week. Share home activity/Q & A

Let’s meet our characters.

Topics discussed include:

• Who are they?

• What do they contribute to the story?

• Making them believable

• Complexity

Practice activity

Home activity

5: Voice and Show Don’t Tell (1.5 hours)

Recap last week. Share home activity/Q & A

Let’s show the reader.

Readers enjoy seeing the story roll out before them which is why, and how, characters tell the story, can make or break a reader’s experience.

Topics discussed include:

• Active voice vs passive voice

• Why active over passive – or vice-versa

• What is show, don’t tell?

• Why is it important?

Practice activity

Home activity

6: Pulling it all together (1.5 hours)

Recap last week. Share home activity/Q & A

Let’s start writing.

Never be afraid of your first draft. Similarly, don’t be complacent about it either.

Topics include:

• Setting up your writing life

• Starting your first draft

• What to expect

• What you haven’t considered

• First draft finished, what next?

Practice activity

Home activity




WIN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE BACK!

One lucky course participant will WIN A REFUND of their course registration fee!

To be in the draw, participants must have attended all six sessions. The winner will be drawn live on the last session of the program.

Course fee will be refunded LESS Eventbrite's booking fee to the card used for the initial registration.




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