by Margaret Clark
Course module outline
Unit 1: Getting ideas
Ideas are everywhere. Link them together, meander back in time, ask questions and throw odd words together to make great concepts.
Unit 2: Target your audience
Picture books, early chapter books, upper primary, young adults - what are the ideas, the illustrations and the lengths of all the genres?
Unit 3: Getting started
Warm-ups, one word openings and orders - creating memorable starts.
Unit 4: Writing dialogue
TV and eavesdropping, minimal 'he muttered' tags and rhythm of words - all these make dialogue believable.
Unit 5: The best way to tell a story
First, second or third person - the pitfalls and the benefits of all points-of-view.
Unit 6: Beating writer's block
What it is and how to avoid it - including a lucky 13 list of story jump starts.
Unit 7: A gripping end
Brainstorming great ways to avoid the fatal 'it was only a dream' ending.
Unit 8: Getting published
With over 100 books in print, Margaret knows quite a bit about this topic!