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Places, People and the 3-Act Plot

the essentials of storytelling

Eight-session online workshop, 1 - 1.5 hours per session, live teaching, via Zoom.

Session times vary depending on the session topic and the questions and discussions that arise. 
Sessions will be a minimum of one hour but won't be longer than an hour and a half.

"Thank you for thoroughly enjoyable course. Not only did I learn new skills but the integration of writing time to put into practice what we had learned was motivating and ideas emerged that I had never dreamt of. Under normal circumstances I would have procrastinated indefinitely. These exercises really made me produce something and I was pleasantly surprised with the results." Sue Lownsbrough


To enrol, please click on the date and time of your choosing.

Only six places available on each workshop

 

 Tuesday 12th January 2021, 10.30am for eight consecutive weeks, ending on 2nd March 2021


Sold Out: Wednesday 13th January 2021, 7pm for eight consecutive weeks, ending on 3rd March 2021

all times shown are Greenwich Mean Time

 

Workshop fee: £195

(meeting invite to follow after enrolment)

 

Join us in our virtual classroom for an eight-session creative writing workshop from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom.

With numbers strictly limited to six, this eight-session workshop will take you step by step through the process of creating a believable world, relatable characters, and developing a plotline. Then you’ll finish by livening up your text using dialogue. By the end of the eight weeks you’ll be well prepared to write your own tale in whatever format you like.

In the sessions, when you’re not working as a group, there will be time for you to work on original material, ask questions, and share your work (if you want to).

Printable worksheets will accompany each session, so you can continue developing your story between our get-togethers. Plus, we’ll set up a private online classroom where you can share your work with your workshop mates (again – if you want to).

This is a great opportunity to develop your writing skills and make friends with others on the same journey. It’ll be exciting, stretching, lots of fun, and give you the confidence to take your writing forward. This workshop is suitable for writers who want to develop their story writing skills, including beginners.

 

"Each week I felt I had acquired a concrete "tool" to use in my own writing and had learnt how to apply it. It was also clear that each step built on the step before and that there was an end goal. I also felt encouraged and supported and free to share things I had written (which can be a very scary thing to do).

"The exercises and the approach taken in the course really helped to create bridges between theory and practice. Not only did I learn a lot, but the sessions were great fun!" Elizabeth Hewes


 

Workshop Outline:

Each session will start with some writing chat to help the group get to know each other, relax and settle into a creative mindset. In some sessions we also play a game so you can learn some of the functions in Zoom.

Week 1: World Building – Here you’ll learn how to create a world for your characters to live in. This could be anything from fantasy or sci-fi to current day, past or future reality. In this session we’ll give you an exercise so you can start working on your world.

Week 2: Character Building – This week you’ll learn how to develop fully rounded, believable characters. You will then be given an exercise to help start creating the main character for your own story.

Week 3: The 3-Act Plot – Part One – The practice of breaking a story down (or building one up) into three distinctive ‘acts’ is as old as the hills. The first reference to it comes from Aristotle’s Poetics, written way back in the 4th century BC, but even he didn’t invent it. Modern day screen-writers, dramatists and novelists have refined the three act plot into a precise roadmap that can help any enthusiastic writer come up with a gripping, page-turning story. So, in this session, we’ll create a world and character and then start following the map’s twists and turns, working together as a group to develop the first part of a plot so you can see precisely how it works.

Week 4: The 3-Act Plot – Part Two – In this session we'll take our character through act two of our story.

Week 5: The 3-Act Plot – Part Three – Here we’ll carry on developing the group’s story plot through to the end.

Week 6: Start Your Story – Now you’re more familiar and comfortable with the structure of a 3-act plot, in this session you’ll use it to start developing your own storyline with the help of exercises and worksheets.

Week 7: How to Write Dialogue – Here you’ll learn what dialogue can be used for in your story, and how to lay it out.

Week 8: Writing a Scene Using Dialogue – In this final session, you’ll have the chance to write a scene from your story using dialogue. Then there will be time to share your writing and receive constructive feedback. Plus, we will discuss how you will take your wriitng forward.

 

Outside of the Zoom sessions we provide an online space which is private and exclusive to your group and the workshop leaders. Here you will find all the workshop notes for you to download. Plus, you'll able to share your work (if you want to) and interact with your class mates between sessions.

 

Workshop fee: £195

 

"Thank you so much for delivering an informative, fun, and encouraging course. It's really motivated me to want to pursue my writing more fully! The 'My Three Act Plot' class (session 6) was my favourite and the accompanying worksheet was so helpful." Carl Maguire

 

Phil and Susie Zooming

 

Workshop Leader :Phil Busby – E.N. (M) B.A. Hons and co-founder of Budding Writers

A playwright, singer-songwriter and author, Phil works in course development for The Writers Bureau, Manchester. Originally a psychiatric nurse, he studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts before working across Europe for ten years as a performer, writer and workshop leader.

Workshop Support: Susie Busby Principal of The Writers Bureau and co-founder of Budding Writers

Susie has been involved in creative writing training for over 30 years. She is an experienced writing competition adjudicator and has a passion for literature, art and astronomy.

 

"Phil's approach in class, the measured insightful way he explained and demonstrated techniques as well as encouraged us to use them, made the class particularly enjoyable and full of learning. Loved the partnership too: Susie's interactions made the group a safe, encouraging and enjoyable space to learn, thank you." Marina Cussack

 

By taking part in this workshop you will:

  • meet other writers

  • have time to ask questions as there are only six participants per group

  • develop an understanding of how to create worlds, characters and gripping stories with a structure you can come back to time and time again

  • learn how to use dialogue effectively and set it out professionally

  • learn new ways to improve your writing

  • have a well planned story outline to kick-start your writing project

  • gain increased self-confidence to take your writing forward on your own.

 

This workshop is run by Budding Writers in partnership with The Writers Bureau

We’re operating as normal in these unusual times.

So don’t worry about your studies. All our tutors work from home and we’re set up for HQ staff to work remotely.  You’ll still be able to contact us if you need to. All you have to do is stay healthy and keep your brain active by studying your course.

Alice Vinten Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2020

“All I knew when I joined up with The Writers Bureau is that I'd always wanted to write and never had the nerve to start. I've been an avid reader from an early age, and 'being a published writer' seemed like an unobtainable dream. The Writers Bureau opened my eyes to possibilities that I'd never considered before - writing for magazines, pitching for non-fiction books, and researching the writing industry. On the 18th April 2019, my memoir On the Line - Life and Death in the Metropolitan Police was published in paperback by Two Roads Books.”

Alice Vinten - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2020

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