(Eight-session workshop, 1 hour per session, live teaching, via Zoom. Meeting invite to follow after sign-up)
Young writers are invited in to our virtual classroom for an eight-session creative writing workshop from the comfort of home.
With numbers strictly limited to six, this eight-session workshop will take young writers step by step through the process of creating a believable world, relatable characters, and developing a plotline. Then they’ll finish by writing a blurb for a book. By the end of the eight weeks young writers will be well prepared to write their own story.
In the sessions, when not working as a group, there will be time for students to work on original material, ask questions, and share work (but only if they want to).
Printable worksheets will accompany each session, so young writers can continue developing their story between get-togethers. Plus, we’ll set up a private online classroom where they can share their writing with their workshop mates (again – if they want to).
This is a great opportunity for young writers to develop their writing skills and make friends with others on the same journey. It’ll be exciting, stretching, lots of fun, and give them the confidence to take their writing forward.
This workshop is suitable for any young person wanting to develop their story telling skills, tap into their creativity and meet other young writers.
Each session will start with some writing chat and a creative game to help the group get to know each other, relax and settle into a creative mindset.
Week 1: World Building – Students will learn how to create a world for their characters to live in. This could be anything from fantasy or sci-fi to current day, past or future reality. In this session we’ll give students an exercise so they can start working on their own world.
Week 2: Character Building – This week we’ll look at how to develop fully rounded, believable characters. Then students will be given an exercise to help start creating the main character for their own story.
Week 3: Group Session – This is the first session where we’ll be creating something as a group. Taking turns, we’ll come-up with a world and characters for a story that we’ll continue developing over the following two weeks.
Week 4: The Three Act Plot – Part One – The practice of breaking a story down (or building one up) into three distinctive ‘acts’ is as old as the hills. The first reference to it comes from Aristotle’s Poetics, written way back in the 4th century BC, but even he didn’t invent it. Modern day screen-writers, dramatists and novelists have refined the three act plot into a precise roadmap that can help any enthusiastic writer come up with a gripping, page-turning story. So, in this session, we’ll start following the map’s twists and turns, working together as a group to develop the first part of a plot so you can see precisely how it works.
Week 5: The Three Act Plot – Part Two – Here we’ll carry on developing the group’s story plot through to the end.
Week 6: Using the Three Act Plot Individually – Part One – Now students are more familiar and comfortable with the structure of a three act plot, in this session they’ll use it to start developing their own story line with the help of worksheets.
Week 7: Using the Three Act Plot Individually – Part Two – Students will continue to write their plot outlines.
Week 8: Writing a Blurb – The final piece of work for the workshop will be an exercise in concise writing. A blurb is an short piece which outlines the plot of the story without giving too much away.
Workshop fee: £80
Workshop leader: Phil Busby
Phil Busby – E.N. (M) B.A. Hons, Arts Award Adviser - A playwright, singer-songwriter and author, Phil works in course development for The Writers Bureau, Manchester. Originally a psychiatric nurse, he studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts before working across Europe for ten years as a performer, writer and workshop leader.
Workshop support: Susie Busby
Principal of The Writers Bureau - Susie has been involved in creative writing training for 30 years. She is an experienced writing competition adjudicator and has a passion for literature, art and astronomy.
Youngsters who take part in this online, eight-week, workshop will:
- meet other young writers.
- develop an understanding of how to create worlds, characters and gripping stories with a structure they can come back to time and time again.
- learn how to write a blurb to entice readers.
- develop skills in listening to, and working with, others as a team.
- learn how to work effectively in an online meeting.
- learn new ways to improve their writing.
- have a well planned outline to write a complete story of their own.
- gain increased self-confidence to take their writing forward on their own.