Creative Writing Classes

38-Week Course

 
What is a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is an informed review of your story. It allows The Story Mentor to bring his storytelling experience and fresh eyes to your manuscript to determine whether the concept and story works as a whole.

 

During a Manuscript Assessment, The Story Mentor:

  • Reviews your story with experienced eyes;

  • Assesses the story as a whole;

  • Offers suggestions on how to improve it;

  • Identifies any sections that need clarification;

  • Recommends what to add or remove;

  • Pinpoints plot holes and errors in logic; and

  • Advises your next best course of action.

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When Should I Get a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is recommended for writers with a completed early draft of their story.

 

Often writers become too close to their stories and struggle to recognise its quality components from its obvious flaws. If this has happened to you, then you need a Manuscript Assessment.

 

The Story Mentor approaches your manuscript with fresh eyes, allowing him to see clearly what works and what needs improvement.

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Course Outline

Write that novel you always wanted to.

 

Have you always wanted to write a novel but struggled to represent what you see in your mind on the page? This 38-week course helps writers of all levels develop the techniques and skills need to do just that and more.

During each writing exercise-led session, award-winning author A. R. Levett guides you through developing  different aspects of your story, such as the drama, characters, theme, setting, symbols, plot, scenes, and writing skills. By the end of the course, you will have thoroughly developed your novel and be well on your way to completing it.


Course Outcome: Understand and implement key storytelling concepts to help you shape, structure, and write your story.

 

Term outlines are below.

 

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Details

When

Full Course: 7 Feb - 11 Dec 2020
Term 1: 7 Feb - 3 Apr 2020
Term 2: 1 May - 3 Jul 2020

Term 3: 24 Jul - 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: 16 Oct - 11 Dec 2020

10.00am - 12.00pm Friday's during term time

Where

Mattie Furphy House
88 Wood Street
Swanbourne, WA

Length

38x 2 hour classes (full course only)

Your Receive:

Several writing exercises per class

Theory handouts & exercise worksheets per class

In-class feedback on your progressing story

Cost

Single classes: $30 each
Terms 1 & 4: $252 each (save $18!)
Terms 2 & 3: $280 each (Save $20!)

Full Course: $1,000 (Save $140!)
+ booking fees

Bookings

https://www.trybooking.com/BHKFY

 

Limited places. Booking essential.

Bookings for Term 1 & Full Course close: 12 February 2020.

Enquiries

andrew@thestorymentor.com.au

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Term 1
Premise, Conflict, Characters

Week 1: 07 Feb 2020

Receive an introduction to the course and develop your story's premise.

Week 2: 14 Feb 2020

Explore your story's possibilities, challenges, & moral argument.

Week 3: 21 Feb 2020

Locate your story's most interesting character, main opponent, & central conflict.

Week 4: 28 Feb 2020

Develop the story spine, protagonist's character growth, & final moral choice.

Week 5: 06 Mar 2020

Map out your story's main events, inciting incident, & climax.

Week 6: 13 Mar 2020

Determine your protagonist's self-revelation, inner weakness, & central goal.

Week 7: 20 Mar 2020

Develop the strategies & obstacles the protagonist must face & the story's new equilibrium.

Week 8: 27 Mar 2020

Give each character a story function, create a web of characters & individualise them from the others.

Week 9: 03 Apr 2020

Work out how each opponent opposes the protagonist.

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Term 2
Characters, Theme, Setting

Week 10: 01 May 2020

Learn about character change and how to use archetypes to help develop your main characters.

Week 11: 08 May 2020

Develop your protagonist's ego archetypes.

Week 12: 15 May 2020

Determine your protagonist's soul archetypes.

Week 13: 22 May 2020

Create your protagonist's self archetypes.

Week 14: 29 May 2020

​Discover the theme of your story & how to create it through character oppositions.

Week 15: 05 Jun 2020

Further develop your story's theme through the way you structure how it unfolds.

Week 16: 12 Jun 2020

Develop the setting of your story & discover the meanings of multiple human-made settings.

Week 17: 19 Jun 2020

Discover the meanings behind multiple natural settings & how to use them in your story.

Week 18: 26 Jun 2020

Learn how to use tools, technology, & time to convey setting in your story.

Week 19: 03 Jul 2020

Uncover how the using setting can help convey the protagonist's development during the story.

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What is a
Manuscript Assessment?
When Should I Get a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is recommended for writers with a completed early draft of their story.

 

Often writers become too close to their stories and struggle to recognise its quality components from its obvious flaws. If this has happened to you, then you need a Manuscript Assessment.

 

The Story Mentor approaches your manuscript with fresh eyes, allowing him to see clearly what works and what needs improvement.

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Term 3
Symbols, Plot, Scenes

Week 20: 24 Jul 2020

Develop symbols & symbolic characters for your story.

Week 21: 31 Jul 2020

Create symbolic actions, symbolic settings, & symbolic objects to give your story deeper meaning.

Week 22: 07 Aug 2020

Discover how to create an organic plot & how to plot the story's opening, backstory, & setting.

Week 23: 14 Aug 2020

Learn how to implement the inner weakness, inciting incident, central goal, allies, sub-plot character, main opponent, & fake-ally opponent in your story's plot.

Week 24: 21 Aug 2020

Implement a reveals sequence, first major reveal & decision, & the protagonist's plan into the plot.

Week 25: 28Aug 2020

Plot out the protagonist's training, opponent's plan, attack by an ally, & apparent defeat.

Week 26: 4 Sept 2020

Develop the second major reveal & decision, reader revelation, third major reveal, & gate, gantlet, & visit to death.

Week 27: 11 Sept 2020

Implement the climax, self-revelation, moral decision, thematic revelation, & new equilibrium into the story's plot.

Week 28: 18 Sept 2020

Create a scene breakdown for your story.

Week 29: 25 Sept 2020

Discover the most powerful way to write scenes for your novel.

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Term 4
Writing, Revision, Editing

Week 30: 16 Oct 2020

Discover how to use showing to make your story so much more powerful than telling.

Week 31: 23 Oct 2020

Examine the importance of grammar in conveying meaning & learn how to most effectively use nouns, verbs, and pronouns.

Week 32: 30 Oct 2020

Discover how to use adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, articles, conjunctions, and interjections.

Week 33: 06 Nov 2020

Learn how to construct strong sentences that will help you best convey your meanings.

Week 34: 13 Nov 2020

Discover how punctuation helps convey meaning in sentences.

Week 35: 20 Nov 2020

Develop strong dialogue for your scenes & create dialogue tracks to give it more depth.

Week 36: 27 Nov 2020

Examine the different types of point-of-view, how to use them in a story, & which one works best for your story.

Week 37: 04 Dec 2020

Learn the different elements to look at when revising your story & create a plan for revising your novel.

Week 38: 11 Dec 2020

Discover the different things to look for when editing your story so you have a high quality manuscript to submit to publishers. 

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