Teenagers! Let’s Explore Creativity in Writing, both Fiction and Non-Fiction
Writing is a life-long skill that everyone, especially teenagers, need to develop. Good writers have an advantage; they can write excellent essays, produce clear and concise reports, submit stronger university applications, produce exciting stories, poems, scripts and other forms of literature. An extracurricular writing class is also an impressive addition to any student profile.
This course will help teenagers to unleash their creativity as writers. The course is taught by a tutor adept at helping young writers discover and develop their unique voices. The idea is to explore creativity and imagination, bring ideas to life, gain confidence, and experiment with writing both fiction and nonfiction.
While it states that it’s a creative writing course for teenagers, it is suitable for anyone aged 12-19. The first part of the course will focus on writing creative fiction, and the second part will focus on creative non-fiction.
The students will be given weekly notes, tips and exercises. Each exercise will be read in class and receive feedback. However, the main thing is to explore and enjoy the writing process, while gaining confidence in their abilities. So there will be no added pressure of grades or exams.
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.
Week 2: In the second week, we’ll examine who our audience is, and what genre we want to write, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. We will explore different genres and practice with short prose and poetry.
Week 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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.
Week 8: Writing non-fiction. We will explore different kinds of non-fiction writing, with an introduction to different forms of creative nonfiction: memoir, personal essay, feature articles, profiles, reviews, and college essays.
Week 9: Writing non-fiction: This week, we will talk about structure; outlining and mapping out ideas in a creative non-fiction work, with a focus on essays and feature articles.
Week 10: For the final week, we’ll take a look at endings, editing our work and how to get published.
TUTOR: 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 that caters to new writers. 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. 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.
DURATION: 10 weeks
START DATE: January 2017
LOCATION: Lagos, Nigeria
Are you interested in enrolling your child/ward on this course? Are you interested in introducing this course to your child’s school? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +234 (0) 809 111 3678 today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.