Centre for Continuing Education

Creative Writing Course

Creative Writing. Express yourself with the written word.

Develop your creative style the smart way with Creative Writing courses at the University of Sydney.

Designed to give participants the practical skills to approach their creative writing projects with confidence, this creative writing course is built around particular topics integral to the writing process, such as voice, character, structure, theme and editing. Using exercises to get started, participants will look at the basic elements of fiction and at ways to develop their work. This creative writing course is an invaluable way to find your voice as a writer.

Content

Week One: What’s writing for?

  • Introduction.
  • How we will work together.
  • The nature of creative writing – how it happens, how it works on a reader.
  • How writing is talking, heightened by art, and set down on paper.
  • Why it matters that the writing lasts and the speaking doesn’t.
  • What works and what doesn’t.
  • Fiction and nonfiction.
  • Voice and self, music and place.
  • How the universal speaks out of the particular.
  • The art of indirection.

Week Two: From a Deep Place

  • Writing what we don’t know about what we do.
  • Writing from the very centre of ourselves, out of everything we are and everywhere we’ve been and whom we’ve been there with.
  • The necessary strangeness of one’s own perception and mind and voice.
  • Writing from now for all time.

Week Three: Style Is Substance

  • Why less is generally more.
  • Plain and fancy style.
  • How fashionable writing, by definition, goes out of fashion, but stylish writing never does.
  • The art of the sentence.
  • The intelligent vernacular.
  • The elements of style.
  • Verbs.
  • Rationing your modifiers.

Week Four: Tools & Techniques

  • The secrets of plot and pace and place and speech and character.
  • Some prose and poetry forms.

Week Five: Wild Mind, Tidy Mind

  • Why form and structure count and how they help: why it’s a good idea to get an idea early of the kind of book or poem, story or essay you’re writing.
  • Getting started.
  • Keeping going.
  • Knowing when you’re done.
  • The Tao of the long-distance writer.

Week Six: The Finish

  • The draft and the many redrafts.
  • Editing yourself and being edited.
  • Making the work ready to publish.
  • How and where and why (and why not) to get published.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • The course has an excellent teacher. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to write beautiful sentences.

  • This course is ideal for someone looking for basics on literary form and style. I took this course looking to get my creative writing back on track and its been great. The tutor makes the ideas accessible and creates a welcoming environment.

  • The tutor is passionate about the written word and it shows. I’ve always loved reading, this course has not only made me a more mindful writer but a closer and more observant reader. I highly recommend it.

  • I was impressed and inspired by this tutor’s teaching, which was clear, diligent, skilled, kind, constructive, and spirited. I am already reading and writing with more mindfulness and appreciation of the craft.

  • An exceptional tutor, with a wealth of knowledge. I gained a lot from the teaching and feedback on my work. I am keen to sign up for another course in the future and I would thoroughly recommend this class to anyone wanting to develop their writing skills.

  • The presenter for this course was a brilliant, engaged tutor. Could not have been better.

  • It is so heartening to know there are approachable, high quality tutors sharing their craft in Sydney/Australia. A breath of fresh air.

  • The facilitator is a fantastic teacher, whose encouragement and instruction really elevated the skills of all that attended.

  • It was a great introduction to authors I had not come across, and the tutor selected a superb set of readings.

  • The presenter is a very good communicator and very knowledgeable, making us feel comfortable and confident to share our stories and offering constructive criticism.

  • The presenter runs a superb course. I have gained much from the experience. I found the course life changing as well as life affirming... but maybe that’s just me.

  • An excellent presenter for this course – informative, supportive and a master of his craft, willing to wholeheartedly share his skills. Would recommend to anyone interested in creative writing. For me it was the perfect introduction and I now feel more confident to develop my writing.

  • This course provides a well-structured insight into the creative, structural, and practical problems that all writers face. Mark is an engaging orator and draws on a wealth of experience that will help you start writing the way that only you can write. Highly recommend.

  • I could have quite happily sat and listened to the tutor all day. The exercises were challenging, the reading inspiring and the discussions energising. The course pulled me outside of myself and enabled me to put it down on paper.

$398 Limited inc GST
Creative Writing Course

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$398 Limited inc GST
Creative Writing Course

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$398 Limited inc GST
Creative Writing Course

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$398 Limited inc GST
Creative Writing Course

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$398 Limited inc GST
Creative Writing Course

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