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Creative Writing I

WRITING ARTICLES THAT SELL
Finding ideas, hobbies and special interests, markets, types of article, structure (beginning, body and ending), publishing rights and manuscript presentation.

FINDING THE PLOT
Ideas for plots, plot structure and planning, main plots and sub-plots, analysing published work, writing discipline and finding the right title.

ARTICLE WRITING II
Where to research, competing in the marketplace, article structure, the importance of headlines and an in-depth guide to punctuation.

FICTION FUNDAMENTALS
Starting the story, overcoming writer's block, writing style, opening impact, the body, the ending, first draft, establishing the scene, key characters, minor characters, setting the mood and establishing relationships.

DIALOGUE: HE SAID, SHE SAID
Defining characters and advancing the plot through speech and personality, use of apostrophes, intensifying drama, mood and character, dialogue punctuation and tips on good dialogue.

CREATING MEMORABLE CHARACTERS
Creating unforgettable characters, avoiding stereotypes, heroes and villains, names, appearance, personality and mannerisms, introducing characters and the Black Spot.

ELEMENTS OF CHARACTERISATION
Emotions and traits, character motivation, the importance of consistency, using emotion for effect, characterising heroes and heroines, villains, non-fiction characterisation, practical advice on interviewing, biographies.

CRAFTING THE SHORT STORY
Analysing fiction markets, magazine opportunities, research, taboos, publication types, mini books, the romance, the western, science fiction, whodunits – the detective story.

FACTS AND FIGURES: WRITING NON-FICTION
Ideas for stories, types of publications, D-I-Y books, biographies and autobiographies, travelogues, instruction manuals, holiday guides, children's textbooks, histories, components of a non-fiction book.

WRITE HERE. WRITE NOW
Developing style and imagination, background and scene setting, reference sources, literary devices, writing faults, manuscript presentation, agents, editing, self-publishing and promotion.