Welcome to the Writing 101 newsletter.
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To those of you still thinking about it, I can assure you the content, the exercises and the advice you get are as good as, no, better, than any other writing course around.
And let me remind you of my guarantee. If you sign up for any of my courses, and on completion you honestly felt that your knowledge and skills have not been improved at all, just contact me at email@example.com and I will refund the entire cost of your course. And I’ll go further: if you think you gained something but only half of what you expected, contact me and I’ll refund half of the cost. I wouldn’t give this guarantee if I wasn’t confident of the content in them.
There’s no catch (you just have to claim within one month of signing up for the course) – so what have you got to lose. Either you get your money’s worth or you get your money back.
To give people a taste of what’s in the courses, I am running three free online workshops throughout September. They cover some of what’s in the courses and also give you the opportunity to meet me and ask questions.
The workshops are:
Intro to Writing Stories, Thursday 9 September, 6:30pm—7:30pm AEST.
Intro to Writing a Memoir, Wednesday 15 September, 6:30pm—7:30pm AEST.
Intro to Business Writing, Tuesday 28 September, 6:30pm—7:30pm AEST.
There’s no obligation for you to sign up for a course, and no hard sell. You’ll learn a lot about whichever area of writing you are most interested in. And you can attend all three workshops if you like!
I look forward to meeting you, albeit online.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing many top writers, Australian and international, about the craft of writing. So, when I conceived the idea for my platform of courses, I thought I would ask some of them to be interviewed again, on the same critical subject. I chose writers who are not just extraordinarily accomplished but who I knew would be willing to impart their knowledge, in an engaging way.
These one-hour interviews are available for free to anyone who signs up for a course.
So far, the interviewees are Sofie Laguna, Alex Miller, Graeme Simsion and Nikki Gemmell. Yes, Miles Franklin winners and best-selling novelists. There are more to come!
You can see extracts from the interviews here.
This month’s writing tip is about the importance of conflict. Conflict is the driving force in stories. It’s what keeps stories ticking along. When stories start to lag it’s almost inevitably because there is no conflict at that point.
Every chapter, every paragraph, indeed, every sentence should have conflict. External conflict; internal conflict. Big conflict; small conflict. Mix it up.
Your role as a writer is to look for conflict at every opportunity – keep making things as difficult as possible for your protagonists.
You have probably heard of Murphy’s Law that states: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
When it comes to writing stories, I go further: Anything that can go wrong should go wrong.
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