First Page To First Draft

Complete your draft in nine months!

For novel, memoir, theatre or film script.

Three semesters ( 3 modules of 5 weeks each) of structured craft and feedback sessions set you up with writing timetables and deadlines to complete between modules.

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$365 per semester  or $995 for three semesters.

$1595 includes additional MS appraisal and in depth feedback session on completion of the course.

Semester One

The Workshops: Mapping, scrap booking, word play, sense meditation and visualisation are just some of the techniques we use to explore the rich territory of the imagination. Setting writing goals and timetables we create frameworks for daily writing practice, motivation and self discipline. At the same time we introduce the elements of good story telling: how to step into the narrator voice, how to use the senses to evoke the world of your book or script, and how to create compelling characters. At the end of the five week course you will have a solid base to work from and goals to take you through to Semester Two (July/Aug). By Semester Three (Oct/Nov) you can have a finished draft of your book or script.

Writers Craft and Feedback: Each week, half the session will be devoted to exercises on writers craft and half will be for giving and receiving feedback on your work.This combination will give you the skill, confidence and motivation you need to keep going on your draft.

Venue: Ampersand Cafe and Bookshop, 78 Oxford St, Paddington.

Dates: April 2o15

April 23,30 May 7,14,21

Times: Thursdays 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.

Price : $365 (5 x 2 hour workshops)

Semester Two 

 Shaping the story.
With the raw material from Semester 1 we start to shape the story. Employing creative mapping and graphing methods you begin to structure your story and identify the major themes. Introducing the elements of plot you learn how to create a page turning story. Continuing to work with the protagonist’s journey, you refine the story arc and the subplots of the minor characters.
Week 1:  Reviewing our progress so far, identifying the areas that need attention, creating an action map for the next five weeks writing.
Week 2: Breaking bad writing habits, paying attention to cliche, active and passive writing, how to engage the reader in a page turning story.
Week 3: Finding the structure that fits – looking at three act and non conventional models.
Week 4: Flash back/ flash forward, how to utilise it to progress your story.
Week 5: Beginnings and endings, considering the impact you want to have with your writing.
NOTE: If you are in the polishing or rewriting stage of your draft you can use these workshops to bring extra depth and clarity to your work.

Venue: Petersham, Sydney

Dates: July/Aug 2015

July 30, Aug 6,13,21,27

Times: Thursdays 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.

Price : $365 (5 x 2 hour workshops)

Semester Three

The home run

This is the final module of a three part course designed to facilitate the completion of your draft novel, memoir, theatre or film script, over a nine month period.

In this trimester we work on revising and editing, learning how to transform your work into powerful writing. We work on beginnings and endings, checking for cohesiveness, unity and the lasting impression we want to leave with the reader. You find out about agents and publishers, how to write the book proposal and pitch that will launch your book into the world.

Week 1:  Reviewing our progress so far, identifying the areas that need attention, creating an action map for the next five weeks writing. The power of beginnings and endings. The tools of editing.

Week 3: Learning the skills and benefits of editing your own and others’ work.

Week 4: Working with the binding element, checking for visual themes, symbols and unity of story.

Week 5: Impact and aftermath, our legacy to the reader. Publishing your work – how to get your work out into the world. Independent and E publishing. Agents and launches.

NOTE: If you are in the polishing or rewriting stage of your draft you can use these workshops to bring extra depth and clarity to your work.

Venue: Petersham, Sydney

Dates: October 2015

Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Times: Thursdays 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.

Price : $365 (5 x 2 hour workshops)

Payment:

Paypal One Module $365

Paypal three modules $995

Paypal three modules plus MS appraisal and session $1595

or contact Jan for internet transfer details and booking.

If you want to add more one-on-one focus for your writing project think about enrolling in our Birth Your Book Mentoring Program. In between semesters you have fortnightly tasks and phone calls plus monthly sessions with your mentor Jan to keep you on track for completing your draft in 9 months.  More info here.

 


Your Tutor Jan Cornall

Jan has mentored a number of writers through to publishing. They include: Marguerite Van Geldermalsen, Married To A Bedouin (Virago); Margaret Wilcox, Gone (Penguin); Catherine Therese, The Weight Of Silence (Hachette Livre); Walter Mason, Destination Saigon (Allen & Unwin); Yvonne Louis, Brush with Mondrian (Murdoch) and Public Life Private Grief, Mary Delahunty (Hardie Grant): Raymond Hawkins,  The Electronic Swagman (Halstead Press); Jennifer Smart, The Wardrobe Girl (Random House). Established writers like Margo Lanagan and AD Scott also receive support from Jan’s workshops. Margo’s most recent fantasy novels, Tender Morsels and Sea Hearts, are published by Allen & Unwin in Australia, Knopf – USA, David Fickling Books, UK. AD Scott’s murder mysteries: including A Small Death in the Great Glen and Tales From The Highland Gazette are published by Simon and Schuster in the US. See more here.