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SUPERLATIVELY RUDE SUMMER SCHOOL PRESENTS:


DON'T BE A WRITER, BE A STORYTELLER

WHERE: WORLDWIDE! THIS IS ONLINE

DURATION: 6 WEEKS

WHEN: JULY 5TH - AUGUST 9TH

PRICE: £99




Anyone can write, but it takes craft - skill - to tell stories. Stories people want to read. Stories that people want more of. Stories that linger long after they've finished.

Readers seldom remember the exact words you used, but they remember you made them feel. Isn't that what art is for? To make us feel something?

(Spoiler: yes.)

Good storytelling isn't about the writer. It's about the reader. That's the basis of Don't Be a Writer, Be a Storyteller, a six-week online course designed to hone the tools it takes to create new worlds from both fact and fiction.


HOW THE COURSE WORKS

Everything will be delivered by email.

In weeks 1-4 week you'll get:

- a 30-minute "on demand" video introduction to the topic (aka you can watch it whenever you're ready to)

- explicit examples of what "works" for the topic, and what doesn't

- a set exercise

- feedback on your homework

In weeks 5+6 you'll undertake self-directed study and undertake a final project







SUMMER SCHOOL SYLLABUS 


WEEK ONE
The Creative Process and Writing What You Know

In our first week together we'll explore what a writer is and does, how writing differs from storytelling, how to disengage from perfection and actually get words on the page, prompts for generating ideas, free writing, and ultimately how to start from the self: from own experience, emotion, and memory. 


WEEK TWO
Writing What You Come to Know

Writing What You Know can be a limited practice, full of restrictions. In week two we'll shift our storytelling to uncover a sense of newness and discovery. Rather than writing directly about experience, we'll create a new world where the jumping off point is what you know, so that you might discover a world waiting to be written. 


WEEK THREE
Other People

It can often be easier to write about ourselves than other people, and that's what week three is all about. I believe that characters pre-exist, and it is our job to find them. Week three will be about all the different ways we can find these characters: autobiographically, biographically, inventing them from scratch and a combination of all three. We'll discuss the difference between flat and round characters, how to develop character, credibility and complexity, and touch upon the dialogue these characters use.  


WEEK FOUR
Writing the Story

Using the building blocks of character, week four sees plot development. We will cover what drives your characters and how that might be at odds with their world so that we generate conflict, and thus drive story forward. We'll discuss setting, structure, chronology, forms of narration and you'll write a 1,000-word piece taking into consideration both the prompt, and your previous three weeks' of feedback.


WEEK FIVE
Workshopping

Week five kicks off self-directed study. You'll be paired up with another course member, and according to Workshopping Guidelines dissect and analyse each other's work. This serves two purposes: you get feedback on your own piece, but you also learn to begin flexing critical thinking that will help the analysis of your own work: a invaluable skill and one all writer's must master.


WEEK SIX
Re-Drafting

In your final week you'll revise your piece according to your partner's notes and own preference. At the end of week six you'll be requested to submit both your earliest draft and final draft, and within one week of completing the course you'll have final notes and feedback from me.





PERTINENT INFORMATION

You'll be expected to commit about 2.5 hours minimum a week to the course, for the duration. Lectures will be delivered on Wednesday, for you to digest at your own pace, and you'll have the weekend to do your homework. All homework submitted by Monday 9am GMT will be returned marked within 48 hours. 




GOT ANY QUESTIONS? EMAIL ME ON LAURA AT SUPERLATIVELYRUDE DOT COM OR TWEET ME ON @SUPERLATIVELYLJ

PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE - JUST ASK!


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