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Do you have a story half-written and don't know how to finish it?
This six-week course will not only help you get your story finished, it will help you with the editing and revision processes, by setting you up with the tools, craft and skills to see you typing 'The End' with aplomb.
Introducing The Voices in Your Head workshop series that will help you
get your Story written...
The Combatant: The Combatant is in charge of building your ideas. She takes your initial spark and runs with it, asking questions to keep your creative juices flowing. Your Combatant is ready to fight in your corner and get your ideas down onto the page.
The Control Freak: It might not sound like fun, but you have to start saying no to ideas and narrowing your focus. Your Control Freak might want to take control of your creative purpose but it's your job to keep him locked our when you're generating ideas, and only let him in when you're ready to edit and refine your work. When it's time, he's your best friend and a valuable partner.
The Practitioner: To write, you need ideas, inspiration, restraint - but you also need simple craft. Your practitioner loves the nuts and bolts of writing. She is whom you turn to when you need to learn a new structural device, or a strategy for creating a relationship between your characters. She loves new techniques and titbits about the craft of writing because she loves to learn.
The Finisher: The Finisher has one very important job, one that consists of typing only two words: The End. As a creative, it may seem like your work is never finished, and to an extent that's true, but it's your Finisher's job to decide when to let your work go, to type those magical words and move to the next stage of the process.
This six-week story writing course is for those of us who have a started a story but, for whatever reason, are stuck in the middle. This course is to get you to the other side where you type, The End, with aplomb.
Make no mistake, there's a lot to do in the six weeks. You only have to check out the Voices to see that you'll be busy every day writing, honing your craft, and re-writing. This course is not for the faint-hearted. This is for those of us determined to get to the other side and want desperately to type those final words - THE END - because nothing less than desperation will get you there.
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...
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 - Mondays, 11.00am (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.