Course overview

"Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” If this is how you feel about your fantasy and adventure writing, then this half-day course is for you.Our workshop will help us hone our writing craft under the expert guidance of a tutor who is published herself, an experienced editor and has nurtured other writers through to publication.We will explore world-building, mythical plots, and conventions of the fantasy and adventure genre.This course is for any aspiring writer, demon, time traveller, fairy, or dragon who would like to begin, or who has already taken their tentative first steps, into the adventurous world of fantasy writing

Course description

“The best thing for being sad,’ replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, ‘is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails.” With that in mind, this half-day session aims to welcome all aspiring fantasy adventure writers, however they feel. We will hone our writing skills in this genre by using fun exercises, stimulating writing prompts, and exploring a range of short extracts from highly successful published Fantasy novels. We will look at developing interesting characters and fresh but useful dialogue. We will also explore choosing an audience, point of view, world-building, and developing a tense and satisfying plot. As well as looking at extracts from the greats such as Tolkien, Le Guin, and George R.R. Martin, we will look at self-publishing and small publishers as an entry route into getting your work published.

We aim to:

• understand the pros and cons of world-building

• debate the conventions of the genre

• hone our practical writing skills

• Look at entry routes into publishing

• Be aware of our strengths and areas for development

After the course, aspiring writers will have developed their craft and editing skills, enabling them to make their Fantasy novels happen. They will also feel confident to undertake a wide range of creative writing courses.

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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