Waiheke Island August 2020
This course is an introduction to the art of writing short fiction and/or memoir, suitable for both beginner and more advanced writers. The 5 sessions include exercises as learning tools plus time to workshop ideas with support and guidance.
1 – Introduction. Story arc. Scene, characters, action. Theme. Dialogue. Events as stories, not anecdotes.
2 – Crafting a personal story. First person. Self or fictional self as main character. Self as narrator.Voice. Diary/Letter/Narrative. How many details are too many?
Voltaire: The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. Central question?
3 – Bringing character and plot to life. Select, shape, style. Choose key scenes or segments.
4 – How to convey setting. What does a reader need to understand place? Context and plot. Symbolic structures. Condensed scenes.
5 – Building tension. Engagement: escalating thrills/involvement. The climax. Endings.
To apply: phone WAL office on 3729868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Waiheke Adult Learning, Waiheke Island (large light room), walking distance from the ferry.
Dates: Monday 24, Thursday 27, Friday 28, Saturday 29, Sunday 30 August 2020
Session Times: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm (Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun) 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm (Fri)
Tutor: Caroline Lark www.carolinelark.com