Course overview

Join us at Steven Joseph Theatre as we engage our wicked side in a fun, friendly and structured approach to gain fiction writing knowledge and skills and aid you in finding inspiration, putting pen paper and getting writing. Mystery, thriller, noir, hardboiled crime, a touch of the ghostly and gothic or something far more salacious – find inspiration as we consider the kind of plots, characters and styles which suit a tale exploring one or more of the seven deadly sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride – which might yield your future best seller or your lead you to the bargain bin?

Course description

In this engaging and dynamic course, participants will find a rich blend of instructional methods designed to enhance their understanding of storytelling and crime fiction. The learning experience encompasses a diverse range of elements, including informal feedback sessions, PowerPoint presentations, and interactive group discussions and creative tasks conducted in breakout rooms, fostering a collaborative and stimulating environment.

Throughout the sessions, the focus will revolve around exploring various 'Sins' in-depth, with a particular emphasis on applying creative craft to dissect the motivations behind criminal acts. Each session unveils a different facet of human nature, prompting participants to consider intriguing questions: Could a sin be the driving force behind the perfect motivation for a crime? Or is it a character's well-guarded secret, adding layers of complexity to the narrative?

The course encourages participants to delve into the art of storytelling by examining different narrative forms suitable for exploring sins. Participants will explore the realms of flash fiction, cautionary tales, and longer, more intricate crime mysteries. In this exploration, the course not only covers theoretical aspects but also delves into practical considerations, analysing how other storytellers have approached similar tales. This comparative approach empowers participants to discern effective storytelling techniques and discover what works best for their unique narratives.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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