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 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.
Tina Shaw is a novelist, short story and freelance writer who lives
in Taupo. Her stories have been published in anthologies, literary journals and magazines. Her recent literary novel for adults is The Children’s Pond (Pointer Press). In 2013 she edited the Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook.
She is a winner of the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, has held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and was Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato. She has also written junior and young adult fiction, including Into the Hinterland, and its sequel Dogs of the Hinterland as well as books for the ‘Kiwi Bites’ and ‘Mainsails’ series. Her young adult novel About Griffen’s Heart was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010.
Tina has many years experience as a manuscript assessor. She is a mentor and assessor for the NZ Society of Authors. Her website is www.tinashaw.co.nz
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
“This course has been an excellent introduction to creative writing for me, on the back of my continuing career as a freelance journalist. I came into this course assuming nothing, eager to learn everything and to be challenged with an entirely new form of writing. The structure of the tutorials has been excellent and I still regularly refer to tutorial content as I work. The staff and tutors have been accessible and supportive. The Student Forum is a superb platform for knowledge, discussion and camaraderie among students and tutors. I remember feeling a little sad when I saw the word ‘End’ written on the final page of Tutorial 5B. I like to think of it as ‘Just the Beginning’. Thank you for all of it.”This course has been an excellent introduction to creative writing for me, on the back of my continuing career as a freelance journalist. I came into this course assuming nothing, eager to learn everything and to be challenged with an entirely new form of writing.
“I had been looking for something to do when my time at University of Canterbury comes to an end and had considered a proofreading course as something that I could do from home and in my own time. A friend was doing the NZIBS Proofreading course and while looking at the different courses available on that website, the short fiction writing one seemed a more appropriate choice for me at this time. Like a lot of people, I thought I had a story in me, and short story writing seemed a good place to start. Surely that couldn’t be too difficult. Then the learning curve started. When I sent off my draft of the first story, I had hoped to get a big tick for it, but that didn’t eventuate. I’ve developed a thicker skin and appreciated the constructive criticism from Tina Shaw. All her comments were right and changing the text in line with her directions meant that the finished story was much better than my first effort. I’ve enjoyed putting words on the page and I’m proud of my first effort, New Friends, that has just been published on Amazon.”
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