Unit One: Getting Started
Getting acquainted, how to work with the truth, memory, good practices.
Unit Two: Point-of-view
Memory and imagination, using the senses, finding a voice.
Unit Three: Descriptive Writing
Getting the surfaces right, getting below the surfaces.
Unit Four: Characterizing Others
Revealing motivation, psychological depths and habits.
Unit Five: Characterizing Yourself
Re-living your life inside and outside time and experience – making yourself knowable.
Unit Six: Dialogue
Writing the authentic, the important and the plausible simultaneously.
Unit Seven: Structure
Finding the plot in history; realising potential and maximising drama.
Unit Eight: Sequence and Situation
How to form episodes combining characters, dialogue and description.
Unit Nine: Beginnings and Endings
How to start and where to stop.
Unit Ten: Re-writing and Editing
Finishing, polishing, re-making, re-telling, expanding and cutting.
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.