Learn Novel Writing Skills at Home

Learn the creative techniques for how to write a novel in Sydney



6 x 1.5 hours Class size 1 to 20     label $299

Have you tried to start writing a novel and gotten stuck somewhere in the middle? Do you have a burning desire to get that story out of you and onto the page, and don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’re plodding along with your novel, and you’re not sure if you’re doing it right?

This practical live streaming course is designed to give you the skills to write engaging novels. It doesn’t matter what stage of writing you’re at, whether you’ve got the glimmer of an idea and can’t figure out where to start, or whether you’ve started and just need some guidance on the next step toward completion and publication, this online course will give you the fundamental bricks for building your fiction novel, one word at a time.

Course outline:

  • Week 1: Character - how to build compelling heroes, villains and supporting characters with objectives, motivation and conflict, and understand character interactions and their roles within the story
  • Week 2: Structure, plot and hooks - how to plan your story, develop an outline, ensure conflict is sustainable, and hook reader interest all the way through until "The End"
  • Week 3: Scene and sequel, tension and pacing - how to engage action and reaction, character insights and pivots, to create drive and direction, and assess the structural merits of a scene, and how to raise the stakes and ratchet the tension and control the pace of your story
  • Week 4: Point of view, dialogue and setting - how to utilise deep point of view and dialogue to conceal and/or reveal, and use setting as a character in your story
  • Week 5: Revision and editing- how to objectively assess your story for structural integrity, fix any issues, and edit and polish your story until it shines
  • Week 6: Synopses, submissions and publishing - how to write a synopsis, research editors, agents and publishers and prepare your manuscript for submission

At the end of this course, you’ll have a great understanding of the fundamentals of fiction novel writing, along with a writer’s toolkit jam-packed with techniques and tips for creating engaging, must-read fiction. You’ll also have gained valuable insights into the world of publishing from an experienced, published author.

Please note: The course outline may slightly differ to suit an online delivery and dependent on the needs of the group.



Knowledge required
This course is perfect for both beginners and students with some creative writing experience.
 
What to bring
  • A notebook with removable pages
  • Pen or pencil
  • A laptop or tablet if this is what you prefer to write on (optional)
Session repeats

This class series runs over 6 consecutive sessions, at the same time every week.

Suitable for

This Live streaming class is great for individuals and couples as well as for virtual team building activities at home.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

Your teacher
Shannon Curtis

Shannon Curtis

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Shannon Curtis is an award-winning author of contemporary romance, suspense, thriller and paranormal fiction. She writes novels for the Australian, U.S. and UK markets, and was commissioned to write romance novels for The Bold & The Beautiful TV series and a novel connected with a Lifetime Movie Network TV series. She was also the first Australian author to write for Harlequin USA’s Nocturne line, and is published in both category and single titles series.

Shannon was a founding member of the first romance publishing cooperative in Australia, and has been involved in teaching and supporting writers for several years.




Your host
Sydney Community College
Sydney Community College

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Sydney Community College is a social enterprise with a mission to offer innovative continuing adult education programmes that support individual efforts and facilitate sustainable social change.

Our mission is to enrich lives, to strengthen adult individuals and to build communities through innovative high quality continuing education and training.

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Emma Morris Mar 2022

88 ClassBento workshops attended • 57 reviews


There was so much fantastic information in this course, it was great. The one downside is that for some reason I thought it was a one-hour once-off class and it was actually 6x 2.5 hour classes! This was completely my misunderstanding, but it meant I accidentally had other things going on during one of the classes

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