Course overview

Competent in creative writing but lacking in confidence or experience? This 6 week course aims to explore several key concepts in relation to utilising description in our stories. Following a warm welcome into a studious and supportive classroom community, a variety of engaging activities – both solo and collaborative – will help you improve skills, gain confidence, and achieve your goals. A range of multimedia references and utilities will be implemented throughout the course, complimenting a weekly extracurricular routine and active learning environment. You will also receive feedback and constructive critique from the tutor and your peers per the exercises and your desired guidance as well as support toward publication upon request.

Course description

In Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister, Marlowe’s first person narration utilises description for comedic and dramatic effect in relation to the protagonist, secondary characters, and the fictional world as a whole. Description can not only immerse the reader but convey particular details on a sensory, emotional, and thematic level.

Whether you are writing short stories or a novel, a script, a memoir, or even a piece of non-fiction or a report for the work: effective descriptive writing can not only paint an accurate visual picture but also suggest expansive ideological discussion and tap into reader emotions to persuade or dissuade their thinking as desired.

This short course will consider the ways in which the words we feature and how we string them together can decisively impact the tone and message of our stories. Vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, pacing, literary devices, and some useful techniques will be referenced as we explore a number of written excerpts from authors such as Stephen King and William Golding.

In a variety of exercises, both solo and collaborative, we will also be thinking outside the box by attempting to capture what we see in videos and mimic non-fiction texts so that we may better write for a particular audience.

Please note that basic competency in English and IT is expected alongside access to a reliable internet connection, a microphone, and a camera. Clips will be shown; photosensitive viewers at risk should not attend.

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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