Life Writing Online Course

For Secondary students

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Click on the following links for more information about the course.

What is the course about?

Who is it for?

What's the content of the course?

What are the course outcomes?

How is it delivered?

What date is it delivered?

What does it cost?

How do I register?

What is the course about?

The course is about guiding you along the path to writing a creative piece about your life.

Are you completing a course for senior study that requires you to complete a creative writing piece about your life? Do you find that you have the ideas, but are not sure how to express yourself clearly and in an engaging manner? Then this is the course for you.

Each week, you will complete writing activities based on the principles of life writing including creating a focus, establishing a direction, understanding your audience and purpose and various narrative elements of life writing such as setting, characterisation, voice, conflicts, plot, structure and point of view.

The main writing strategy is free writing, a process where you write continuously for an allocated amount of time, without concern for spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.

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Who is it for?

The course is for Secondary English students. You can complete this course if you are a beginning, intermediate or advanced creative writer. You can work through the course at your own pace.

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What's the content of the course?

Lesson 1:

  • Understanding Life Writing
  • What is life writing?
  • Types of life writing
  • Background to life writing
  • Examples of life writing

Lesson 2:

  • Thinking about your past using the senses
  • Writing about your favourite things
  • Your audience and purpose
  • Creating a focus
  • The mansions of memory

Lesson 3:

  • Characters in your life
  • Conflicts in your life
  • Settings in your life

Lesson 4:

  • Writing using a strong voice
  • Point of view in life writing
  • Writing dialogue

Lesson 5:

  • Writing stylistically
  • Developing plot and form
  • Experimenting with structure

Lesson 6:

  • Editing your life writing
  • Publishing your life writing

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What are the outcomes of the course?

By the end of the online course you will have achieved the following outcomes:

  • Completed a 1000-2000 word piece of life writing suitable for examination or submission as an assignment or to a writing competition. Your writing may also just be for personal use.
  • Developed skills in life writing, such as setting, characterisation, voice, conflicts and themes, plot, structure and point of view.
  • Developed confidence in your own life writing skills and an appreciation of yourself as a writer and your stories within.

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How is it delivered?

We use the Qwiller website to deliver our courses. Click here for more information.

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What date is the start date?

The course begins on Monday October 7, 2013 and runs for 6 weeks.

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What does it cost?

The course costs $129.95.

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How do I register?

You can register for the course by submitting your payment. Click here to purchase the course. Once we receive payment, we will send you login details.

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