Now available on Eventbrite, my Writing Course, for the first time widely available to all. Join us from home, writing for any genre. Here’s the blurb:
Paul’s writing workshop is used by BBC Writers Room. Now for the first time, it’s gone public.
Are you a writer looking to improve? Or want to be a writer, but don’t know where to start beyond your name at the top?
Whatever your level/genre/medium, from total newbie to established author or screenwriter, Paul’s online 6-week writing course will encourage and equip you.
– Wednesday mornings, 10-11am (plus 15mins after for questions, clarifications and over-running)
– Sept 23rd to Nov 4th 2020, with a week off on Oct 21.
– 6 x 1hr sessions – with a bonus 7th session at the end if needed/wanted/remembered (details below).
£75 early bird till Sept 14th
£89 late bird from Sept 14th
£19 per session if you don’t want the full works.
Paul’s writing seminars have been used by BBC Writers Room, London Screenwriters Festival and various arts festivals. Now it’s being made public and expanded for the first time.
His background includes sitcom (BBC’s Miranda, Not Going Out), scripting entertainment shows (Top Gear, TFI Friday, BBC Music Awards, Royal Variety Show), radio (The Now Show, The News Quiz, Pause For Thought), books (Amazon Top 100 bestseller Hark! The Biography of Christmas, + children’s books), articles, tweets and blurbs like this one.
The course especially focuses on long-form narrative writing – which is a fancy of saying anything with a story: novels, screenplays, stageplays… You don’t have to have written any of these yet – just want to.
(We won’t be as focused on shorter-form writing – sketches, stand-up, Post-It Note reminders etc… but what we talk about will certainly help short-form. Equally we’ll dwell more on fiction than factual, though elements will be of use to those writing non-fiction.)
Our focus is on Character and Story. That’s the meat of it (or plant-based substitute). Everything else is salad dressing.
We’ll look at sitcom, but from a character/story perspective. We’ll have a session on comedy, but won’t exclusively deal with that. So if you’re writing drama, the comedy session will be just as much about using comedy (as well as other genre conventions) in your dramatic writing.
The sessions will be interactive, to make sure you get the best out of the course. If there is any ‘homework’ set, it won’t be to be handed in/shared – they are purely exercises for your own benefit.
The sessions will be as follows:
SESSION 1 (Sept 23): Overview – Character/Story/Genre
SESSION 2 (Sept 30): Character/Relationships
SESSION 3 (Oct 7): Story structure 1: The Big Outline
SESSION 4 (Oct 14): Story structure 2: Scenes/Chapters
WEEK OFF (Oct 21): Writing time!
SESSION 5 (Oct 28): Comedy/Genre
SESSION 6 (Nov 4): Industry/Pitching
(Bonus SESSION 7 (Nov 11): Free Bonus Week If Wanted: Q&A, Networking, Repeat Any Bits)
You’ll also get a one-page PDF per session, summarising what we’ve spoken about – freeing you up from taking too many notes, and giving the chance to look over it again. Come back with queries next week.
The sessions will be held on Zoom. They won’t be recorded. They will be ‘selectively interactive’. What does that mean? It means Paul will do most of the talking, but with times for questions and thoughts during each session. It’s an open forum, content guided by you to stay relevant. One person’s question can be another’s nagging thought, and one person’s answer can be another’s penny-drop moment.
You’re encouraged to come to all the sessions, as they may refer to each other across the course, but individual sessions can be purchased on their own, and will stand alone where possible.
Please note: because this is a new format for the course, there’s a reduction on price. The course will be run again in the New Year but possibly not at this price level, or in this exact format.
(If you’re interested but can’t make these times, email Paul, as there may be scope for alternate timings if there’s enough interest. Or January 2021’s course may be at different times/days.)
Further queries? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to book? Go for it. Places are limited.
Have friends who write and might fancy it? Share this page with them.
Book soon. Because we start soon!
PS: This is not a course that says ‘YOU MUST WRITE LIKE THIS’ (some do). No ‘on page 11 there must be this moment’. Just what works for me, the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years, with an open mind, as we learn, discuss and improve.
Hope to see you then then. Book here, by all means, and do share with any writers (or writers-in-waiting) that you know.