Please Note: No Class On Tuesday Nov 3 (Cup Day Public Holiday)
Writer’s voice is the essential, magical quality that makes a piece of writing sing. One of the best ways to develop this skill is to create interesting characters who have something incredible to say.
In term four, at The Writer’s Club Online, we’re exploring a range of strategies used by your favourite writers to flesh out funny, interesting characters. Inspired by some wonderful (and hilarious) literary diaries, you’ll blend fact and fiction to bring your own original character to life. Along the way you’ll research facts, add fiction, illustrate and write a diary for your fictional character. Each week, we will build our story so at the end of the program, you’ll have a finished book to share with friends and family alike. As well as writing a story, you’ll also have the chance to belong to a dynamic community of young writers, willing to support and challenge each other, as we fire up our imaginations and learn the essential skills of creative writing.
Week 1: Getting Started
Developing your character’s voice doesn’t just happen. First, we need to choose a character and get to know them a little better. This week, we’ll dip our toes into the genre of fictional diaries and explore some of the techniques writers use to bring a character to life on the page. We will also start to gather ideas for our character. The possibilities are endless. Who or what character will you bring to life on the page?
Week 2 and 3:
Over the next weeks we’ll explore a range of ways to develop characters, from using images and illustrations, to character profiles and more. The skills we learn can help us develop characters in all fictional stories. We’ll choose our character, create a backstory and a family tree as well as get a feel for where and how our character lives. We will also imagine how our character might respond to real life situations and so we can discover their personality and behavioural traits.
Week 4 and 5:
Research is an important part of writing diaries. Adding interesting (and real) details to your stories gives them depth and interest. Your character’s voice needs to sound real and believable. Over the next two weeks, you’ll start researching some interesting facts about your character and begin to write parts of your story.
This is your week to plan and develop the sequence and structure of your fictional diary. How would you like to order the information you have gathered? What illustrations do you need to tell your story? What format will you use? We will also share parts of our stories and get some valuable feedback.
This is editing week. But editing isn’t just about grammar and punctuation. We will focus on word choice, active verbs and more. I have some fun games we can play together which will help us polish the entries in our character’s diary and get them ready for publishing.
In our final week, our much loved characters finally have the chance to burst into the world in their very own story. This week we’ll celebrate finishing our stories, share our favourite parts and perhaps even plan a sequel for our character. I mean, why stop at one story right?
- Explore the magical skill of writer's voice and how to use this to bring characters to life.
- Develop a wide range of strategies for creating and developing characters, including
- How to research, plot and plan a literary diary for a fictional character.
- 8 x 60 min face to face writing workshops on Zoom.
- A weekly report and access to follow up activities for each session
- The opportunity to workshop writing and connect online with like minded peers.
- An A4 notebook
- A well stocked pencil case including ruler and scissors.
- Book making materials such as card, paper and coloured markers.
Enthusiastic writers in Years 3 - 6. Younger writers can participate. Please contact Beth to make this request.
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