Get Your Story Started
A Voices In Your Head Six-Week Story Starter Course
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Do you have a story idea and don't know where to start?
This six-week course will not only get you started on your story but it will set you up with the tools, habits and mindset to see you typing 'The End' with aplomb.
Introducing The Voices in Your Head that will help you
get your story started...
The Dreamer: The Dreamer knows why you're here. You've got a purpose, and the Dreamer's here to help you articulate it so that you can charge on with self-knowledge and a reason to continue.
The Inspirer: In the world of the Inspirer, chaos reigns. Impulse is what's important, and anything goes. If you think your idea is crazy and it makes you laugh, cry and spin around in circles, then you're on the right track.
The Combatant: The Combatant is in charge of building your ideas. She takes your initial spark and runs with it, linking it with your previous experiences and asking questions to keep your creative juices flowing. Saying 'yes' to your ideas and sustaining your impulses takes bravery and battle smarts. Your Combatant is ready to fight in your corner and get your ideas onto the page.
This course is made up of six live weekly workshops guiding you through the writing maze and helping you protect your creative voices from the control freak in your head. You don't want your ideas quashed before they have time to fly.
This course will nurture your ideas and start the process of turning them into a fully-fledged story. It will turn the blank page into a creative zen of ideas, coming at you so fast you can barely keep them in check. Don't. Let them have their heads. There's time enough for your critical voices to play later.
Writing isn't easy, and the Voices in Your Head Program is designed to let you work with your voices instead of against them. And you get to decide where you need the most help. Starting? Drafting and Editing? Or Publishing and Marketing your story?
There are three six-week courses in the The Voices in Your Head Program, and they are designed for you to either progress through the three courses at your own pace or jump right in at the middle.
You may be at the start of your writing journey, have a half-finished story begging to be told, or you may have a finished story written and don't know what to do next. Let me help you where you need it most.
No part of the writing journey is easy and only you know where you're at. My job is to make sure you have the tools to keep you going in the right direction.
Each of the three courses are six-weeks long - long enough to set you up and give you the support you need to get you to the next stage - and every week there are workshop sessions to help you through the maze and out the other side.
Did I mention one last voice?
The Facilitator: That's me, Mel, your accountability boss creative. As your Facilitator, I'm here to smooth out your process and provide the support you need. I'm not here to take over your creative process. I'm here to help you when you need it and get your story told. What else can I do for you? I'm glad you asked. Unleash the elevator pitch...
- You have access to me for six weeks via our Voices in Your Head Facebook page
- Every week I share a workshop session with you, and you get to ask the questions you need as you need them
- I've been where you are and have an inkling of your journey
- I've completed (but not submitted) my Phd in Creative Arts and Communications, and published my resultant novel, The Miner's Wife
- I've co-written three Middle-Grade novels with my writing partner, and we're working on our fourth novel
- I've won awards, and published academic papers, stories and articles
- I'm an English teacher (sorry, but you need to know:))
- I co-wrote The Voices in Your Head Narrative Writing Framework with my daughter, Sam Hammond
- Sam & I have also written two workbooks, a story planning & a story writing workbook, that you get for FREE
- I want you to succeed
- I'm a proudly Indie Publishing writer and I do what I teach
- I speak with experts on my podcast every week in the writing, publishing & authorpreneurial world
- I coach writers to be the best they can be at all stages of the writing journey, whether they're writing fiction or non-fiction
A final Word
I hope you realise by now the voices in your head are your friends. When they're all shouting at once, you might feel like they're out of control. But ultimately, these voices are part of you, and they truly want you to succeed. Let them have their discussions, Let them fight and kill off characters (you can always resurrect them). One story leads to the next and this is where your inner Entrepreneur takes over. She knows that one story is never enough and she's ready to find creative and innovative ways to turn your passion into a full-on writing life.
Course Dates: Monday, 26th March, 2018 - Sunday, 29th April, 2018
Live Workshops - 10.00am Mondays (AEST)
***please note, please don't worry if you can't make it to any one of the workshops as all workshops will be recorded and uploaded to the course the same day, along with any course materials. You can submit any questions you may have ahead of time or discuss these in our Voices in Your Head Facebook group.
Mel and Sam are a dynamic mother-daughter duo, with experience in writing and theatre. In another life, Mel is a Senior English teacher and author of adult and childrens' novels. Sam studied Theatre at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries and has won Queensland Theatre's Young Playwrights Award, along with DUX, CIVA and Pathmaker Awards at her school. Together, they run Writing Excellence Programs for Young Scholars at Writer on the Road.