Ever admired a sentence written by your favourite author and wondered how they do it? Or been so immersed in a good story you barely notice the words at all, but feel like you are there? The good news is the construction of sentences that sing ‘professional storyteller’ is a craft that can be learned, a skill that can be honed.
Improve your storytelling at the word and sentence level, develop your writing style, and refine your fine editing skills with author Lindsay Galvin (THE SECRET DEEP, DARWIN’S DRAGONS) on this brand-new writing fundamentals course.
This course is inspired by Lindsay’s work as a mentor and editor where she often helps writers with the nuts-and-bolts of their writing. In the 5-week WriteWords course for children’s and Young Adult writers, Lindsay will teach you tools and techniques, pick through conflicting writing advice and address the specifics of how the written word we are all familiar with can be used to the best effect in your storytelling.
Each week, discover a different craft aspect, guided by tasks and resources written by Lindsay herself. Develop your writing with the support and encouragement of your fellow participants as a separate peer-feedback channel is provided for you to post your weekly tasks where and you are encouraged to edit your fellow writer’s work. At the end of the five-week course Lindsay will line-edit a 1000 word extract of your work.
WEEK 1: Adjectives and Adverbs Aren’t Always your Adversaries
Introduction to the course and guidelines for peer feedback.
Tips for effective description and how to avoid ‘purple prose’.
Learn why adjectives and adjectives have a bad rep, and how to sprinkle them like seasoning.
WEEK 2: Passive Vs Active Voice – who wins?
How to tell the difference and manipulate both for superb storytelling.
WEEK 3: Sentence and Song
How to vary length and construction for clarity and emphasis and create that ‘perfect to read aloud’ quality.
WEEK 4: Dialogue Dramas
From dialogue tags to talking heads, get those characters talking like they own the place.
WEEK 5: Tense and Point (of view – this isn’t ballet)
How to choose wisely for your story, keep consistent, and tighten the relationship between character and reader word by word.
Includes: 1 piece of tutor feedback at the end, focussing on the elements taught in the course on 1000 words with a peer feedback channel for participants to post their weekly tasks to give feedback to each other.
Start date: Monday 18th January
End date: Monday 15th February
Maximum number of participants: 20
About the course tutor
Lindsay Galvin is an author writing for middle grade, teen and adults. A qualified teacher with 20 years experience, she is also a WriteMentor tutor, mentor and staff writer, and provides manuscript services. She lives on the south coast with three boys, two cats and one puppy.
Lindsay’s first book The Secret Deep came out in the UK in 2018, with her second book Darwin’s Dragons to be released January 2021. She writes Young Adult, Middle Grade and has adult and younger fiction works in progress.
Lindsay came late to writing, self-taught, after a career teaching which is now part time. She is a slush-pile (talent pool!) conqueror who came from nowhere and had no contacts and – although it took a while – had the first ever book she wrote published by Chicken House.
An experienced teacher, Lindsay’s workshop style is upbeat, constructive and focuses on the practical. She is sensitive to those at different stages of their writing journeys and the courage it takes to share work. Her workshops have a positive supportive atmosphere, intended to empower writers.