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In six short lessons you’ll get a fast overview of how to tighten your writing to a more professional level. Your creativity will be extended by the exercises that make use of your rich, subconscious mind. All the basics are here – character, dialogue, point of view, structure. They’re taught alongside unique techniques that will help you cast a net for stories, characters, images. Even if you don’t have time to do the exercises and read the lectures, if all you have is time to watch the videos, you will improve your writing. You'll understand what brings clarity to your work and take a big step towards publication.
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|Section 1: Write Before you Think|
An introduction to the tutor Jillian Sullivan and to the six lessons of this course. The basics as you write: clarity, freshness and details.
Write from a place of unknowing to bring vigour to your work.
|Lecture 3||3 pages|
Use strong nouns and verbs to bring clarity to your work.
The right, imaginative and clear use of details to create an authentic world for the reader.
|Lecture 5||4 pages|
Using a sense walk to capture details. Using senses to stimulate memory and evoke emotion. The role of research to provide details.
|Section 2: Character and Dialogue|
Have fun creating a character and knowing what they want. The importance of a birth-date for your character.
|Lecture 7||2 pages|
The importance of character work. What your character wants to tell you when you give them a voice. Attached exercises to develop your character creations.
Attribution, compression and tension to strengthen dialogue.
|Lecture 9||4 pages|
Understand dialogue as a form of compressed language that does more than one thing at once. Study how other writers handle compression and tension in dialogue.
|Section 3: Point of view and structure.|
Awareness of which character you use to experience the fictional world. Stay in the point of view you choose, and know when you are changing. Using significant detail with point of view (in supplementary resources.)
|Lecture 11||3 pages|
Recognize the different points of view. Avoid inadvertanently moving out of point of view and disrupting the reader's experience. Create a story through different points of view.
The driving force of your story: what has been lost that needs to be recovered?
|Lecture 13||6 pages|
An overview of structure examining
Jillian Sullivan, the author of A Guide to Creating, lectures on creativity and writing in America and New Zealand. The author of 11 books, she’s taught writing for Massey University, is a manuscript assessor for the NZ Society of Authors and a judge for regional and national writing awards. She holds a Master of Creative Writing with Distinction from Massey University. Her writing awards include The Highlights Fiction Award in America for short stories, The Tom Fitzgibbon Award and Maurice Gee Prize for young adult novels and the Kathleen Grattan Prize for poetry. A Guide to Creating won an Honourable Mention for a spiritual book at the 2014 London Book Festival.
“I would call A Guide to Creating a must for all writers, whatever their status. I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 50 years and was once Jillian’s mentor. With this book she had become my teacher.” Joy Cowley
Creative Non-Fiction (Adult):
A Guide to Creating, Steele Roberts, and Emrose Publishing, Ebook, Amazon 2015
Fishing from the Boat Ramp - a Guide to Creating, Steele Roberts, Oct 2009
Parallel, poetry collection, Steele Roberts, July 2014.
Poems published in literary journals and newspapers, including Takahe, Meniscus, Printable Reality, Christchurch Press, Otago Daily Times.
Novels (Young Adult):
Rat Keeper Cat Keeper, Pearson NZ Ltd, November 2009
Silverstream, Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd, July 2008.
What About Bo?, Scholastic NZ Ltd, 2005, EBook with Oceanbooks NZ 20212
Shreve’s Promise, Scholastic NZ Ltd, 2004
Myths and Legends – the Gift of Stories from our Cultures, Pearson NZ Ltd 2007
Short Story Collections: Launched and Other Stories, Pearson NZ Ltd 2005
Hey Tony, short stories for teenagers, Orchard Press 1999
Sophie’s Mum and the Dinosaur, Learning Media 1998
Two Homes for David, Learning Media 1997
Short stories, (Adult):
Numerous short stories published in literary journals and newspapers, including National Radio, Takahe, JAAM, Headland, Sunday Star Times, and The Chattahoochee Review.
Alexander’s Koala, Chatterbox, NZ
Sophie’s Mum and the Dinosaur, Chatterbox, NZ
New Zealand School Journals, Choices, Learning Media
27 stories, plays, articles.
Highlights For Children Magazine: (USA)
Poems and short stories published in New Zealand anthologies, including The Puffin New Zealand Story Book (Penguin Books (NZ ) Ltd 1996), Dare and Double Dare (Random House) 2007, Poems4Peace (Printable Reality 2014) and We Society (Printable Reality 2015)
Chapter Books to USA , Canada, America, France:
13 Chapter books for children and young adults.