These courses are for writers aged 8 to 80 and beyond.
Even though the name of the course might be the same, the content varies depending on the age of the student. There are courses for:
1. Kids aged 8 to 10
2. Kids aged 11 to 18
All courses have the flexibility to fit in with work and study commitments.
More courses will be added later, but for now here are five courses for you to choose from.
Week 1 - I remember - Use something that happened to you or someone you know as the starting idea for your story?
Week 2 - Newspaper articles - Look at newspapers or online publications for headlines, words or events that spark great ideas for stories
Week 3 - People pictures - Use a photo or painting of a person to spark a story idea.
Week 4 - Word play - Use two words that don’t go together and other word combinations to spark great ideas for stories.
Week 5 - Secrets - Letter, key, message in a bottle
Week 6 - What if? - Start with a story problem and keep asking yourself, ‘What if?’ to help you think up ideas for your story.
Week 1 - Hero vs Villain - What’s the difference between a hero and a villain?
Week 2 - Character inspiration - Where the inspiration for characters comes from
Week 3 - Get to know your character - Create a profile for your character
Week 4 - My Hero - Create a dashing hero
Week 5 - My Villain - Create a dastardly villain
Week 6 - My Story - Put your hero and villain into your story
Week 1 - The big idea - Brainstorm your story
Week 2 - How it happens - Put your ideas into a usable sequence
Week 3 - Where do I start? - Create a strong beginning
Week 4 - Getting from start to finish - Create a memorable middle
Week 5 - Raise the stakes - Make your story even more exciting
Week 6 - Where will it end? - Decide where to finish your story and how to tie up all the loose ends.
PETS & ANIMALS – YOUR PET CAN STAR IN YOUR STORY
Week 1 - Observation - Find out as much as you can about the pet or animal you want to use in your story.
Week 2 - Who is this character? - Find out what motivates your pet/animal and where your story idea might come from.
Week 3 - Other characters. - Who else will be in your story? Why are secondary characters important?
Week 4 - What’s the problem? - Come up with conflict for your story.
Week 5 - Turning action into a story. – How do the secondary characters contribute to your character’s problem? How will your character overcome their problem?
Week 6 - Ending your story. - What happens to your main character in the end?
Week 1 - Hooked - Does your story hook the reader in straight away?
Week 2 - Action-packed? - Does your story have enough to keep your reader interested?
Week 3 - Where am I? - How well developed is your setting? Will your readers be able to imagine themselves in the world of your story?
Week 4 - Watch your language? - Have you used the best words in your story? How to make your writing work harder?
Week 5 - The technical stuff - Have you used consistent tense? Does your story say what you want it to?
Week 6 - The road to publication - Where and how to submit your work
Course costs will include all materials and feedback related to the course. The costs will fund the ongoing production of new materials for this blog and will enable us to continue to run our FREE writing competitions.
6 week course for kids – $60
6 week course for adults – $80
Please feel free to ask any questions you might have about these courses. Dee *at*Deescribe.com.au
WHY I OFFER ONLINE CLASSES
I wanted to offer affordable courses that kids and adults can do from anywhere in the world.
I also want them to be flexible to fit around homework, work and other commitments.
What people have said about my classes and workshops
I enjoyed planning stories and inventing interesting plots - Elizabeth
I found the non-fiction story pyramid really useful - Ginnie
A lot of great information - Eric
I really enjoyed the scenario building - Jess
It was great using the pictures to create characters - Ashlee
I enjoyed asking my character questions and finding out more about them - Bill
I liked learning how to plot stories and characters - Phoebe
Courses can be bought online from The Writing Shop.
If you have concerns about whether the course will be suitable for your child please email me, Dee*at*deescribe*dot*com*dot*au