From Deltora Quest to to the Harry Potter series, writers throughout time have filled our hearts and heads with stories of brave heroes facing insurmountable challenges to achieve their ultimate goal. Now it’s your turn to take the hero's journey. Ignite your imagination. Create your own unique fantasy world. Develop characters. Plot a hero’s quest and spin the greatest adventure of all time.
In this writing program, young writers will deep dive into the writing process to draft, write, edit and publish an original quest tale.
This program has three components:
- 8 x 75 minute live streamed workshops. As this is the first time I have offered this course online, I may need to schedule in some additional Zoom meetings to check in with writers during the sessions. I will notify you if this is the case. There will be no cost for any additional meetings.
- A selection of activities and Powerpoint slides to extend workshop content and support young writers. These are to be completed independently.
- One weekly writing task to be submitted via email for presenter feedback. Writers can also submit their story for feedback.
Our live streamed workshops allow time for:
• Participation in a range of structured and unstructured writing activities.
• Developing narrative writing skills.
• Peer interaction and question time.
• Writing activities to inspire writers and scaffold the process of developing a quest tale.
Week 1: World Building
In our first session, we’ll use drawing, art and discovery writing prompts as world building activities. You'll begin to map out your fantasy world.
Week 2: The Plot Brief
Now that you have developed the setting for your quest story; you need a plot brief. What could upset the natural balance of your fantasy world? I’ll introduce you to five plot shakers so you can plan exactly what will go wrong in your setting (your complication) and how to fix it (your resolution).
Week 3: Character Development
With your setting and plot organised, your story needs a hero and your hero needs a quest. But first we need to get to know our main characters and understand what makes them tick.
Week 4: Planning Your Story
we will explore an ancient story structure (The Rule of Three) to plan a series of obstacles and challenges for your hero's journey.
Week 5: Beginnings, Endings and Messy Middles
Come prepared to write, share and listen to feedback this week. Our stories are taking shape now. We are going to practise writing action scenes, zooming in on detail and engaging our reader’s sensory perception.
Week 6: Editing Skills
This week, I’m going to teach you some simple editing tricks of the trade that will immediately improve your writing and your story.
Week 7: Publishing Options
Your story is nearly ready to submit for feedback Now it’s time to look at our publishing options. I will offer you a range of possibilities and we'll create the final parts of your book such as Dedication Page, About The Author, Foreword and Special Thanks.
Week 8: Celebration Online Book Launch
This week we come together to celebrate the writing journey from our first story ideas and inspiration to our finished story. We will have the chance to do an informal reading of our story and take part in a Question and Answer Panel together to review what we have learnt about the writing process and ourselves as writers. You may even want to come dressed as your hero or even your villain!
- Understand the key elements of the hero’s journey including how to plot and plan a narrative in the quest genre from world building to publication.
- Develop a range of essential writing skills such as descriptive writing, imagery, word choice, writer's voice and figurative language.
- Participate in world building activities to develop a detailed fantasy setting.
- 8 x 75 min face to face writing workshops on Zoom.
- Quest Planner: Your Ultimate Guide To Writing a Quest Story. (PDF) This includes handouts and resources to support the writing journey. This must be printed prior to the first workshop.
- A schedule of independent writing activities and powerpoint slides to consider between sessions and weekly tasks to submit for feedback during the writing process.
- A A4 notebook
- 1 x A3 white poster paper for mapping fantasy world.
- Display folder for additional handouts
Comfy clothes and perhaps a costume for our online book launch.
Enthusiastic writers in Years 4 - 6. Younger writers can participate. Please contact Beth to make this request.
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