The Random House Struik / Get Smarter Creative Writing Course

07 Jan

Here’s an opportunity for budding writers (even already-published writers) that absolutely cannot be missed: Get Smarter and one of the biggest publishers in South Africa, Random House Struik, have joined forces with literary consultant Ronald Irwin to provide writers with the skills they need to get published and to write manuscripts that will become bestsellers!

Here’s the information you need about the course:

* 10-week part-time creative writing course presented via Internet-based distance learning

* Will teach students the techniques of good story writing applicable to fiction and non-fiction

* Highly practical with 5 written pieces completed during the course

* Continuous guidance, monitoring and assistance is provided by the Course Convener and Course Coordinator

* Students form part of a “online writing community” and interact via a learning-based website

* Top manuscripts will be submitted to Random House Struik for consideration

The Course will consist of the following modules:

Module 1 Planning The Story
Module 2 The Importance of Beginnings
Module 3 Characters and Characterisation
Module 4 Plot vs. Story
Module 5 Dialogue
Module 6 Point of View
Module 7 Conflict
Module 8 Tying it all Up
Module 9 Revision
Module 10 Approaching Publishers & Agents with Your Finished Work

And here’s Ron Irwin, talking a bit about Creative Writing – and trust me, he should know; this is the guy who represents the authors who brought us Moxyland and House of War.

I’m going to be taking part in this course and I’m incredibly excited! In fact, excitement is an understatement. This is the first opportunity that’s come along for me to really learn as much as I can about the craft of writing, and I’m grabbing it with both hands. 🙂

And, since this course isn’t limited to a location or to a specific country, I suggest that you do, too. 🙂 I’m confident that this course will be really good preparation for Clarion!

Head on over to the Get Smarter Course Page to get some more info and download the pack that’ll have all the details you need to register for the course, 🙂

If you need more info about the course, contact Karin on +27 21 685 4775 or via email on karin(at)getsmarter(dot)biz.


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Posted by on January 7, 2010 in Announcements


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One response to “The Random House Struik / Get Smarter Creative Writing Course

  1. Mike Southern

    January 8, 2010 at 12:54 am

    I did a three-month writing course back in 2001 that was run by someone you may have heard of — Holly Lisle, author of the Secret Texts series, among others. There were about a dozen of us from all over the planet who took the course, and she gave all of us direct counseling and critiquing of our assignments. I was at a creative bottleneck at the time, and it really helped me get a handle on things. I kept the material I wrote during that time, and am still using it to generate new ideas. I think it helped me grow as a writer more than anything else I’ve done so far.

    You’ll probably have a blast!


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