Creative Writing Course
by Tolulope Popoola – Author, Writing Coach and Publisher
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? Do you journal regularly and now want 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 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 you have answered yes to any of the above questions, then you’re in the right place! Join me, Tolulope Popoola, as I teach this Creative Writing Course for new and aspiring novelists.
There are two options for taking this course: a Classroom based lecture, or an Online Self-Study option.
The Classroom lectures will hold on Saturday afternoons, starting on the 13th of May 2017. The classes are from 4pm to 6pm. 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.
At the end of the six weeks, each participant of the classroom course will receive a Certificate of Completion.
The Online Self-Study option is available anytime. The content of the course has been packaged into audio lessons, lecture notes and workbooks that you can access anytime on Dropbox, Google Drive, or through our online academy on Teachable.
During this course, you’ll learn:
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.
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 short stories, 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 was 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 named 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.
When does the course start?
Classroom Course Dates: 13th May 2017 to 17th June 2017
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Edgewood College, Kayode Otitoju Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria
Course Fee: Classroom Course: ₦30,000 ♦ Self-Study Course: ₦10,000
Reminder: The Online Self-Study course starts anytime! It 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, Google Drive, Dropbox or through Teachable. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I receive a certificate after taking the course?
Yes, there will be certificates issued to the Classroom attendants. Unfortunately, we cannot issue certificates to the Self-Study students.
Is the Self-Study option worth it?
Yes. The Self-Study course contains audio lessons that Ms Popoola has recorded that you can listen to. There are lecture notes to go along with the audio files, as well as workbooks for you to use when working on the topics and storytelling concepts. You’ll have lifetime access to these materials, so you can go through them in your own time, and you can use them over and over again.
Do you run the classroom sessions outside Lagos?
At the moment, we run the classroom sessions in Lagos, Nigeria. If this changes, we will let you know. In the meantime, anyone who cannot attend the classes can take the Online Self-Study option.
Can I get a refund after taking the course?
No, the course fees are not refundable.
When is the deadline to register for the course?
The deadline to register and pay for this edition of the classroom sessions is the 9th of May 2017. This is to ensure that adequate preparations are made for the participants who will be attending the class.
Are you interested in enrolling on this course? Please fill out the registration form below now.
If you have any more questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +234 (0) 809 111 3678 today.
I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you on the course!