Tutor Helen Shipman will introduce you to the skills and techniques that will help you turn your ideas into stories. You’ll learn about the building blocks of fiction, how to create engaging characters and realistic settings, and discover which point of view to use when telling a story.
The weekly sessions will introduce you, step-by-step, to the skills needed for writing fiction while you work within a supportive community of fellow writers keen to share their experiences with you.
Session 1: Becoming a Writer – We’ll start by looking at how writers work and how to develop your own creativity and discipline.
Session 2: Point of View – Every story needs a narrator, so we’ll look at different viewpoints to understand who’s telling the story.
Session 3: Character – You’ll learn the importance of characters in fiction, where they come from and how to make them believable.
Session 4: Setting – You’ll think about where your story takes place and why that’s important.
Session 5: Time – You’ll learn how time works in fiction and explore techniques to vary the pace of your story.
Session 6: Structure – You’ll look at how to fit the different elements of your story together.
Session 7: Writing Time – You’ll have two weeks private writing time to work on a final short story, or start of a novel, of up to 3,000 words, which you can share with the group for feedback.