The full course consists of 14 Modules of PDF teaching content, writing prompts, brainstorming activities, and reading suggestions. Estimated time per Module – 3 to 6 hours of writing, reading and thinking (including optional tasks). Allow minimum 3 months for each half of the course. NB Thirteen of the fourteen Modules include feedback on your writing.
PART ONE – Routes Forward
Module 1 – 45-minute Skype / Zoom / Telephone tutorial – Idea Generation / Idea Discussion
Module 2 – Significant Encounters / Events; Optional – Novella-in-Flash Case Study 1 (choice based on your previous reading of novellas-in-flash)
Module 3 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 1): Characters & Relationships
Module 4 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 2): Setting & Description
Module 5 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 2 contd.): Setting & Description (contd.)
Module 6 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 3): Strategies for Enriching and Contrasting Characters
Module 7 – 2nd 45-minute Skype / Zoom / telephone call (or email exchange if preferred); Problem-Solving Surgery; Feedback on a further 4 pages of flash fiction; Optional – Novella-in-Flash Case Study 2.
PART TWO – Going Further
Module 8 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 4): Turning Points; Primal Action
Module 9 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 5): Connective Tissue; Strange/Innovative Forms
Module 10 – Ways to Delve More Deeply into Character
Module 11 – Problem-Solving Surgery; Optional – Novella-in-Flash Case Study 3
Module 12 – Narrative Arcs; Writing a Synopsis
Module 13 – Finding an Ending; Problem-Solving Surgery; Reflections on the Course
Module 14 – 3rd 45-minute Skype / Zoom / telephone call (or email exchange if preferred) to identify next steps for your novella; Feedback on a further 8 pages of completed flash fiction + synopsis.
(Plus options available for detailed written feedback on a longer final manuscript – see Prices for details.)
Information about Course Outputs and Course Outcomes can be found here.
A more detailed course outline is available here.