Writing - There is no Magic Formula

I'm thrilled to be invited back to Mockingbird Lounge to teach the Creative Writing classes. There are two classes:

1. Casual Writing Group (first Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm)

Casual and low pressure, this group is all about generating new work. I'll guide you through two hours of writing and you'll walk away with a whole lot of new stuff plus exercises to practice at home by yourself (or with a writing buddy). Surprise yourself at how much you can get done in 120 minutes.

2. Short Story Writing Course (Closed Group)

If you're ready for a more immersive writing experience, then this one is for you. Held over 3 months (6 fortnightly sessions), you'll be guided through the fundamentals of storytelling such as characterisation, point of view, dialogue and metaphor. By the time you finish the course you'll have completed a polished piece of fiction, gained a deeper understanding of the writing process and learnt how to critique the work of others. 

The next Closed Group starts on February 10th, but if you're not sure you want to commit or you'd like to see what my teaching style is like, I suggest coming along to the February Casual Group on Feb 2nd, and go from there.
When I asked for feedback on the course that I taught last year, here is what one woman wrote:

"You have great insight and experience, which you use to impart feedback in a constructive and honest way. I have learned an enormous amount in the few short weeks that we have had together; not only about the writing process, but about myself."

Okay, I blushed a little at such generous words; but I was also pleased, especially at that last clause because I truly believe  writing can teach us a lot about ourselves. That's not hype; it's what I and many other writers have experienced.

These writing classes are live experiences so you do need to be living in Adelaide to attend. The Closed Group is limited to 6 people and there are just a few spots left. Here are the bits you need to know:

Short Story Writing Course (Closed Group)

Where: Mockingbird Lounge, 631 Broadway, Glenelg South
When:  2nd Wednesday & 4th Tuesday of the month (7-9pm)
Dates:  1o & 23 Feb; 9 & 22 March; 13 & 26 April 2016
Group size:  Maximum of 6
Register: Phone Mockingbird Lounge on 08 7007 2242
Investment:  $210, paid in advance.

There is no magic formula to writing. The magic happens when you do the work. I'm all about creating a safe, welcoming space in which new and emerging writers can do their creative work, can experiment and fail and discover. This is the magic. 

If you'd like to know more, post a comment or email: caroline.reid2011 [-a-] gmail.com