We engage our wicked side in a fun, friendly and structured approach to gaining 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. Session by session we 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 sin might yield your future best seller or your lead you to the bargain bin?
This course will make use of a mix of informal feedback, lecture using PowerPoint slides, some focused group discussion/creative tasks in breakout rooms and feedback. Session by session we examine a different ‘Sin’ and apply some creative craft to it, might it yield the perfect motivation for a crime, is it a secret a character wishes to keep - if so, how desperate are they? What kind of story suits your sin – flash fiction, a cautionary tale or a longer and more complex tale more akin to crime mystery? We examine the forms and approaches, how have others approached similar tales and what might work best for us now. Suitable for the curious beginner and/or the seasoned scribbler, we explore character development, plotting, the use of location and consider the readership we might be targeting – just how might that alter how we tell our tale? We also consider differing dramatic situations, can we add something – perhaps suspense, intrigue or shock with a taste of the unexpected. What characters typically feature in these tales? Is it possible to subvert the formula to greater effect? So get ready to engage your wicked side in a fun, friendly and structured approach to gaining fiction writing knowledge and skills and aid you in finding inspiration, putting pen paper and getting writing.
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.