Hello Aspiring Authors! This Creative Writing Course is just for you.
- Do you secretly like to write? Have you always scribbled your thoughts down? Do you keep a diary? Would you like to write a book?
- Have you been struggling for years with sorting out your ideas, and turning them into a proper story?
- Are you ready to finally write that book you’ve been thinking about, but procrastinating on?
- Do you want to get started and make progress with your writing goals, finally?
- Do you need a road-map to help you go from “I have no clue what to do!” to “I am now confidently working on my novel?”
- Have you been struggling with too many distractions, time constraints, or self-doubt?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed with the thought of writing so many thousand words?
- Would you like clarity and exact step-by-step guidance to help banish confusion and get you writing with ease?
- Are you ready to give it a try? Ready to embrace your talent, and finally express your writing abilities?
If so, excellent! Join me, Tolulope Popoola, as I host a 6-Week Creative Writing Course for new and aspiring novelists.
The physical classes will hold every Saturday afternoon, for two hours per session. The sessions will include:
– a tutorial to introduce the concepts we’ll be discussing
– a writing exercise
– feedback on your writing
– an assignment every week, so that you continue making progress
You’ll receive a workbook with the notes, questions and exercises we’ll be doing. This will help you keep track of your work, and you can re-use it when working on other writing ideas.
- How to choose a great idea for your novel
- How to refine your ideas and pick one worth spending weeks and months on
- How to create interesting characters (and choose your protagonist)
- What point of view is, and which one suits you (and your story) best
- How to choose a setting in time and place that works for the story you’re telling
- What elements are absolutely essential to crafting a compelling plot
- How to write your outline and synopsis and lots more!
At the end of the course, you will have started writing your novel, and you’ll be armed with the knowledge you need to keep going.
Week 1: In the first week, we’ll look at how to find ideas for our stories, the power of memory and the importance of observation. We will discuss how to separate good ideas from boring ones. The assignment will be to find a story within a sentence or by looking at an image. We’ll also examine who our audience is, and what genre we want to write.
Week 2: This week, we will talk about characters and how they are central to any story. How do we create characters that are unforgettable and realistic? Who is the protagonist in the story? Who is the antagonist? What are their motives? Students will get the chance to create their own characters.
Week 3: This week, we will discuss a story’s point of view (POV). Every piece of writing comes from a particular point of view, as in who is telling the story. How your choice of first, second or third person POV can have a dramatic effect on how readers engage with your story.
Week 4: This week, we will look at the importance of the Setting of a story, i.e. time and place. Where does the story take place? What time period is it?
Week 5: This week, we will discuss Plot. How you can weave a great plot that involves conflict and suspense. How can we create a compelling script that keeps readers interested in reading the story?
Week 6: This week we’ll learn how to write effective dialogue. How to differentiate your voice as an author, writing dialogue between characters, use of dialect, slangs and informal words and some tips on the mechanics of laying out your text.
Bonus Material: We’ll take a look at finishing the first draft, editing and proofreading the manuscript, and how to get published.
PS: This class is aimed at beginners, although writers who have started working on stories or blogs, articles and other ideas can also join. There’s always something new to learn, and it’s always good to meet fellow writers too.
Tolulope Popoola is an award winning Author, Writing Coach and Publisher. She is the founder of Accomplish Press UK, a coaching, consulting and publishing company. She has published a novel, and two collections of flash fiction stories, and has written extensively for many magazines and publications. She was given a special Award of Excellence at the 2016 Nigerian Writers’ Awards, and has recently been shortlisted for Diaspora Writer of the Year for the 2017 awards. Tolulope was second runner up at the Women In Publishing (UK) Awards 2012, for the New Venture Award for pioneering work on behalf of under-represented groups in society. She was recently names as one of the “most influential Nigerian writers under 40”. Tolulope’s first novel Nothing Comes Close was named “one of the best books of 2012” by Africa Book Club. She has also earned the nickname of “Africa’s flash fiction queen” for her unique ways with writing dramatic short stories.
Saturday Course Dates: 11th February 2017 to 18th March 2017
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Kayode Otitoju Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria
Course Fee: Classroom Course: ₦30,000 ♦ Self-Study Course: ₦10,000
The Self-Study course is for writers who cannot attend the classes or prefer to study the material in their own time. When you register, you will have all the course materials and audio recordings sent to you via email. That way you can access the course content anytime you want, in the comfort of your own home.
Please let us know which option you want to register for by indicating below in the registration form. Thank you.
Are you interested in enrolling on this course? Please fill out the registration form below, email us at email@example.com or call +234 (0) 809 111 3678 today.
We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you on the course!