TUTOR: Sian Tower: In her role as Education Manager for Writing East Midlands, Sian works with hundreds of writers every year, delivering writing workshops, summer schools and events. As Writer in Residence at Carsington Water, she recently worked with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and wildlife presenter, Chris Packham, to publish Sky Dancer, an anthology about wildlife by young writers.
Her poetry has won prizes at The Derbyshire Literature Festival, The Buxton Poetry Competition and has been published and highly commended by many magazines including the Cinnamon Press. She recently won an Arvon writing prize and her work featured in Derbyshire Libraries’ Poetry Project. Her first novel made the shortlist of the Penguin Random House’s Write Now programme, won her a place on the Writing East Midlands Mentoring Scheme and just secured her an agent.
Sian is also a proud ambassador for the annual Tower Poetry Prize for 16-18 year olds http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/ at Christ Church College, Oxford University.
DURATION: 6 weeks
Start Date: July 22, 2020 – 1 place remaining
Our creative writing courses for teenagers are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
Turn your secret scribbles into powerful prose that grabs your reader and refuses to let them go. This creative writing course for teenagers covers all the basics from awesome ideas and convincing characters, to plots that keep the world guessing until the last page.
Lacking confidence can be a real barrier to writing, but with individual, weekly feedback, you will soon see your writing hit the next level. With lots of encouragement and advice, you will complete weekly creative writing assignments and by the end of it, who knows, you may just have written the opening chapters of your first best seller…
Places are strictly limited to 10 participants.
While it states that it’s a creative writing course for teenagers, it is suitable for anyone aged 12-18.
You don’t have to be based in the UK to take the course. We accept students from around the world!
This one-to-one creative writing course fits in with a student’s schedule. You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. Instead, the course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever it suits you. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback. You’ll find out more about how the online courses work here.
WEEK ONE – Beating the blank page
Start igniting your writing with a range of sparks. Have a go at free writing, learn how to use mind maps, take inspiration from other writers, images, and everyday objects; it will be like taking your imagination to the gym!
WEEK TWO – Convincing characters
Tease your characters out of the shadows, learn how to listen to their voices and discover their back stories; what are their secrets? What really makes them tick?
WEEK THREE – Voices and vantage points
First or third person? Present or past tense? Direct or reported speech? All these choices affect the mood and tone of your writing, and present different ways to allow your characters to tell their story. Learn the techniques and take control.
WEEK FOUR – Building worlds with Words
Make your setting look, smell, taste, sound and feel real to your reader. Mastering description and detail can also help tell the story and transport your reader wherever you want to take them.
WEEK FIVE – Plots that don’t flop
Too often a great start stalls in mid-air and before you know it, your reader has nodded off! Turn your brilliant beginnings into awesome narrative arcs, with enough twists and turns to keep readers well and truly awake!
WEEK SIX – Beat writer’s block and kill your darlings!
This week we will investigate ways to keep writing, when you feel blocked, how to develop healthy writing habits and to develop strategies that balance your inner critic with being a tough (and honest) editor of your own work.
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Our next Creative Writing Course for Teenagers course starts on 22/07/2020
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