Young Authors

Training – Requirements and Benefits

What is it?

Creative Writing Workshop is definitely the best definition for this course. Rather than a theoretical and traditional way of attending lessons, like listening and taking notes, the student fully participates and expresses aloud his/her ideas or sentences that are going to be put down. A series of discussions are following about the importance of the words, the importance of the ideas and how to build up a comprehensive storytelling by taking advantage of a powerful technique. The structured process is definitely the base of the writing and should be used at any stage. It would be wrong to believe that a structured text does not leave any flexibility, on the contrary, as it opens doors to any new idea or direction the story would go.

Why?
The simplest answer is to avoid the « blank page syndrome ». Also, it is not to go confusedly in a fog on the « no-idea-land ». By using this technique, never again you will be scared of what next to write on a pure white blank page, physical or virtual. In fact, this is going to be quite the opposite, you will be eager to start and keep writing!
Explain more how to do!
The building process: How to transform simple words in a strong story structure?

 

  1. The first part is concentrated on how to find ideas. We use the mind mapping. This is not only to collect and write down ideas, even though it may be useful to get them, but this technique is improved by using specific question words to stimulate the imagination and aiming the topic of the story.
  2. At the same time, if you didn’t think about it before beginning the creative process, this step will help you to establish the conflict(s). Why? Because… no conflict, no story… or a very boring one! No matter the conflict is, the characters have to go on a quest or a fight. They have to face a confrontation, no matter the kind of confrontation the heroes have to face to.
  3. Once the mind mapping is done, what’s next? We have to organize our ideas in a chronological order, the order the reader will follow. This involves a timeline. This is one of the most important parts of the process of writing a story. Where are the peaks (conflicts) and the downs? You have your whole story right in front of you, on one page. You know how your story begins and you also know very well how it finishes.  You can then insert your hooks (at least the most important one which is at the beginning of the story) which become your page-turners. These ups and downs bring your reader in an exponential storytelling roller coaster.
  4. The last part, but not the least, of the building process, is the structure. This is the skeleton of your story where you will have to attach muscles and flesh. Without structure, you go blindly through your story and may fall in a cliff, the one of the blank page fear or worse, not knowing how to finish your story. Learn how to build a strong structure where you will even not having time to think « what’s next? »
  5. Writing involves thinking. Writing involves also flexibility for new ideas. How to choose the appropriate ones? This is part of the process all along the achievement of the story. Are you asking the good questions?
It sounds good! So what am I going to learn?
You will learn everything you need to know to write a novella (story under 40 000 words). However, to be clear, the lessons are given orally and may not obligatory respect the order described here. The aim of the course is to teach how to write an interesting story, how to build it challenging, and how to accomplish a surprising tale in which the reader will not expect the ending. And lastly, depending of the content and the student’s involvement, the duration of the course may be longer. It happened some students took twice the time to achieve their stories. However, we are talking about more than 8,000, 10,000 and more, word stories. By surfing the pages of our young authors, you will see novellas containing 15000, 18000 or even 20000 words. These students took 3 or even 6 months, but think that at 1.5 hour/week, it is still a 16-25 hours of writing which gives an average of 1000 to 3000 words per hour! These hours include the build up, the mind mapping, the development of the structure, the search made on Internet and the thinking about a good way to express one’s feeling and describe intricate situations. 

 

Lesson 1: Mind mapping and timeline of the story.

  • How to find ideas?
  • How to put them in a good order in such a way the reader will turn the page to keep reading?
  • What is an imponderable and how to use it in my story?

Lesson 2: Structure of the book.

  • How to create the structure of my story so I won’t be lost about it?
  • How to build sentences, paragraphs, and chapters?
  • How to build the beginning of the story and how to finish it?

Lesson 3: Content part 1.

  • How to start a paragraph and the story?
  • The importance of dialogues
  • What is a descriptive story?

Lesson 4: Content part 2.

  • How to create believable location?
  • How to create alive and vivid characters?
  • What is a narrative story?

Lesson 5: Content part 3.

  • What are the uses of synonyms and antonyms?
  • How to use adjectives and adverbs?
  • How to use and where to get a dictionary to help my writing?

Lesson 6: Content part 3.

  • What are emotions and how to use them in my story?
  • How to help my story to become interesting and challenging?

Lesson 7: Case by case problems and solutions part 1.

  • What is proofreading?
  • How to pre-edit my story?
  • How to correct my spelling and grammar mistakes?

Lesson 8: Case by case problems and solutions part 2.

  • Writing is to learn re-rewriting.
  • I am stuck! How to get out of this?
  • Trusting your feelings!

Lesson 9: Thinking about the cover page.

  • What is a cover page?
  • How to get free of right pictures from Internet?
  • Where and how to put main credits: title and author name?

Lesson 10: Editing.

  • What is editing?
  • How to edit?
  • How and Why to read my book again and again?

Lesson 11: Finalizing the book.

  • How to feel confident?
  • Last minute corrections!
  • Last minute touch-ups!
  • Handing the work (written work, USB key, email)

Lesson 12: Printing and assembling (This part may not be taught).

  • How to prepare and print a book?
  • How to make and print the cover page?
  • How to assemble a book?
Then what else do I need to know before beginning the course?
The Creative Writing Workshop is given in 12 lessons as you could see. Each lesson is mainly dedicated to the writing process. But to achieve such a task, the student has to be involved in the writing. Because we want the student to benefit and succeed entirely the course, here are some requirements that need to be fulfilled.

Your implication:

  • The student writes at every lesson. The handwriting has to be clear. In this case, it is suggested the involvement of parents to type the story on a computer (text file) if the student can’t do it**. Otherwise…
  • Writing the story on a computer (we use the « sharing text » via Google Doc) is definitely a clear advantage. However, in the case of review/continuing the writing in class, if not using a computer, a hard copy is required.
  • The student may ask any question at any time, the teacher will provide all the help needed in a clear and concise way.
  • Involvement of time at home is required to help the writing. More time the student puts in the writing, better/longer the story is. Time provided in the workshop can’t cover the writing of a whole story or will take much more time than what is allowed in the lessons.
  • Participation in class is a must: discussion, expressing feelings, a conversation about a specific topic, talking about your story, etc.
  • A « must have »: Writing a book or a story is a commitment, a contract you sign with yourself saying you really want to make this book/novel or novella.
  • A « must have »: able to speak clearly in English and make complete sentences in class.

*This depends on the student’s involvement and the kind of story. Some stories are implying a big topic and/or multiple chapters. It becomes the student’s choice to develop his/her story.

**The story will be printed with a semi-hard cover with title and author’s name.

 

Our implication:

  • We provide clear explanations about the process.
  • We encourage every student to be involved in their story.
  • We give individual and personalized tips and tricks for the student’s story.
  • Correction with explanations (grammar, spelling) is part of the course.
  • Proofreading revision is executed for every story.
  • Making the cover page (Photoshop) according to the student choices of elements to be used on the cover page. Making as well the back page which includes a short biography and a short description of the story.
  • Formatting, printing and assembling the book.
  • Making the eBook (PDF file).
  • Making a web page with the PDF version to be downloaded from the webpage.

At the end of the course, the student will receive a hard copy of his/her book including a full-color cover page + a PDF file (ebook) to use on a computer, tablet or mobile.

 

Right, it sounds nice but what are the benefits?
Since the creation of this course, many parents reported the following benefits on their child/children.

  • Major improvement in writing and creative writing as the student applies the technique learned during the workshop;
  • Improvement of the English vocabulary, grammar, reading and comprehension;
  • The student learns how to finish a project;
  • The student develops a creative mind;
  • The student feels more confident and his/her self-esteem is improved;
  • The pride of the finished book is priceless;
  • The children want to participate naturally in writing contest, book fight competition, speech competition, etc.;
  • The student can easily apply the technique to make a report, letter, short composition or long story, essay, speech, presentation, or lecture;
  • The student gets a hard copy, full-color cover and back page, including a short biography with his/her photo;
  • The student will be published on the website Editions Abisai, the edition website of the publishing company unless specified otherwise. This online publishing permits anyone to have access to the page, reads the short biography and downloads the author’s books freely. This helps to improve the student’s self-esteem and shows he can do it.

I would like to thank the parents who encouraged their child to pursue the writing of their stories. This will bring not only the love of writing, but the amazement of reading books.

The continuation of writing permits them to hide a structure under a world of imagination. Their struggles will be woven of wonderful dreams. Their fear will be transformed in a pure creation of revelations. Their exploration will stain of deep secrets and feelings the white sheets.

Without you, parents, this course wouldn’t have been done with such a success.

 

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