Do you have a story to tell based on your own life or family history? How can you capture these moments and bring them vividly to life?
This 7-week course offers an intimate, safe and relaxed environment in which to begin, or reinvigorate, your life story. What form will the story take? How should you tell it? Where to begin and end? These questions are some of the threads that will be teased out and woven into the unique pattern that is your story. We will start with small, manageable details accessed through the five senses, and combine creative imagination with memory and research to unlock character, narrative and theme: The final week will give you a crash course on everything you need to know about publishing with Director and Publisher, Caroline Wood of Margaret River Press.
The course will run from 10am on each Saturday between 7 July - 18 August.
7 July - Week 1: The value of sensuous detail. Exercises to demonstrate the use of all 5 senses. This helps access memories more fully, leading to vivid writing.
14 July - Week 2: Storytelling: Scene, summary and reflection. How to integrate these three essential elements to tell a good story, whether memoir, biography or family history.
21 July - Week 3: Brainstorming: Through the use of simple techniques we will discover connections between fragments of information and memory, turning them into coherent stories.
28 July - Week 4: Sketching a scene. Using old photographs and memorabilia, we will recreate the past, exploring the fine line between fact and fiction as we use our imagination to bring places and people to life.
4 August - Week 5: Character: Exercises for the authentic portrayal of character; one of the most important aspects of your story, whose relationships and actions create narrative drive.
11 August - Week 6: An introduction to structure. Exercises to demonstrate the many ways of shaping a story: where to begin and how to end. Review and preview: bringing it all together and looking forward to next week on publishing options.
18 August - Week 7: Everything you need to know about publishing with Caroline Wood, Publisher and Director of Margaret River Press and Co-Founder of Centre for Stories.
"The course facilitator displayed a wide ranging knowledge of the subject and enhanced the tuition with thought provoking exercises in writing on a variety of topics and in imaginative ways." C. Herring
"Wonderful course. Rosemary was a fantastic leader of the course. She was understanding, thoughtful, intuitive, sensitive and encouraging." C. Ryan
About Rosemary Stevens
Rosemary Stevens has a doctorate in creative arts from Curtin University, where she teaches creative and professional writing. She enjoys running memoir, fiction and travel writing workshops in the community, and previously worked as a travel writer in S.E. Asia, and in London for an international publisher and literary agency. Her fiction and non-fiction works have been published throughout Australasia.
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