Whether you’re writing a memoir, a media release or a newsletter article, you need to do more than produce a faithful description of ‘what happened’. To craft an engaging piece of writing, you need to find the ‘story’ at the heart of the 'situation'.
Whether you call it finding an angle, offering an insight, or arriving at a poetic truth, it’s a task that requires structure, discipline and an empathy with your readers. In this hands-on course, Sian Prior, author of the critically-acclaimed memoir 'Shy - A Memoir' will cover how to convert a bunch of facts into a gripping tale to grab your audience.
Students will refine their story-telling skills by developing a deeper understanding of the key ingredients of engaging non fiction writing. They will be able to differentiate between the ‘situation’ they are describing and the ‘story’ they want to communicate to their readers. They will be able to identify the universal elements in their story in order to broaden its appeal to readers, followers and customers.
Students must be 18 or over and should have an interest in writing non fiction.
All other relevant course materials are included.
Pens, paper and/or laptop for writing exercises. You will be sent pre-course reading to complete.
Optional but desirable: A personal or professional project for work-shopping (an extract of up to 1500 words) that you are already working on.
Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.
Dr Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster and teacher of non fiction writing. She has worked as a journalist for 25 years and taught writing at RMIT for over a decade. She also runs community writing workshops and mentors individual writers. Sian has a PhD in Creative Writing and her critically-acclaimed memoir ‘Shy’ (Text Publishing) was published in 2014. sianprior.com
Thank you! This has exceeded my expectations. The content was great and I feel like I'll be able to apply what I've learnt - which is what you want! Eloise
I was super excited to learn but super nervous to be thrown in the deep end and write 'on the spot'! No need, Sian was great! Engaging, knowledgeable and not remotely scary!!! Jessica
The facilitator was excellent and the other members of the group were intelligent and fun. Katherine
Great content, discussion, perspectives and some very useful take-aways for future writing. A great welcoming class atmosphere - loved the group discussions. Stephanie