Creative Writing – Short Course.
Learn how to write short stories in a few months. Five parts. Five assignments marked by your personal tutor. Learn all the essential creative writing techniques.
When you graduate the Institute will assist you to put your best short story up on Amazon, with a suitable book cover. You will start earning royalties from ebook sales. Everything is included in the course fee.
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Tutoring from New Zealand industry experts
Course books, folder and stationery pack
Printed copies of all course materials
Cutting edge eLearning systems for online learning option
Access to online forums to network with other students and tutors
Support from admin staff to help you through the learning experience
Training from a trusted distance learning institute with over 30 years of experience
Writing has been a life-long passion for Joanna, with a first chapter book published in serial form in the Nelson Evening Mail when she was nine followed by high school prizes for poetry and essays. She has written everything from articles for trade and interest journals, interpretation panels and brochures on historical, environmental, and cultural topics, to award-winning fiction and non-fiction books that range from social and environmental history to historical and adventure novels for children, young adults, and adults.
Mentoring and supporting other writers has always been part of her writing life, including critiques for writers during thirty years’ experience as an editor/writing tutor for the Forest Research Institute and Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, student mentoring for Hagley Writers’ Institute, and for the last five years has been a mutual critiquer of historical fiction with a small peer group of international writers.
Joanna has been short-listed six times in the Children’s Book of the Year Awards, twice winning her category. Two of her non-fiction titles for adults won New Zealand Awards in History, her historical novel Shifting Currents was short-listed in the 2021 Heritage Book awards, and Riccarton and the Deans family was a finalist in the 2016 Heritage Book Awards. Joanna was the 2009 University of Otago College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence.
What You'll Learn.
1a. How to get the most out of this course
1b. Getting started writing letters, journals
1c. Writing fiction
2a. Planning the plot which excites readers
2b. Creating multi-dimensional rounded characters
2c. How dialogue brings your story alive
3a. Deciding on your point of view
3b. Putting characters in a time and place
3c.How to make your words sing
4a. How to choose the right story genre
4b. How to write for TV, stage and films
5a. How to turn first draft into final draft
5b. Planning your career as a writer
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