Beginners Creative Writing Class

With Tyler Paterson. Starting

Our Online Beginners Creative Writing class is suitable for complete beginners and no writing experience is required. It’s also suitable for individuals who haven’t written anything for a while and who would like to get back into creative writing and a routine.

DURATION: 6 weeks

This is a private, one-to-one Zoom course with Tyler Paterson.

Students can start at a day and time that will suit them each week. Sessions will last one hour.

The main thing is to free up your imagination and above all have fun!

Week One – Ideas and Intros
All stories start in the same place: with an idea. This week, we will develop tools to generate story ideas that ignite the creative spark.

Week Two – Character
Most stories rely on characters to bring a reader through the tale. What makes a good character? How are they built? What do they want? This week will focus on crafting the types of memorable characters that make a story shine.

Week Three – Setting
Where a story takes place is often a major piece of the puzzle. Setting is simply more than what’s around the characters, it is a subtle way to inform the larger story. This week, we will develop ways to maximize the impact of your setting.

Week Four – Dialogue
Dialogue helps bring our characters to life. How they speak and what they say can reveal so much. This week will help you craft dialogue so that the language jumps off the page and into the ears of your readers.

Week Five – Scenes
A scene is what happens when characters, dialogue, and setting meet action. What makes a good scene? How does it unfold? This week, we will use our tools to build memorable moments to make your story shine.

Week Six – Structure
What does a full story look like? How is it built? This week, we will look at a basic 5-point structure to help build your story and put all of these elements together into one stunning story.

 

About The Tutor

Tyler Paterson is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire, and is a graduate of Second City Chicago. His work has appeared in over 80 publications worldwide including The Saturday Evening Post, The Forge Literary Magazine, The Delhousie Review, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Fresh Ink. A semi-finalist in the Aura Estra short story contest, his work has also received notable accolades from Lycan Valley, North 2 South Press, and Lumberloft. He spends most nights yelling for his cat to "Get down from there!" Tyler has led writing classes for people of all ages from University students, to local communities, to remote learners. His goal is to build the confidence in writers, give them the tools to build the stories they yearn to tell, and support them along their journey. A number of past students have gone on to get their work published.  

 

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Course Details

  • Duration: 6 Weeks
  • Price: 495 USD