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YOUNG WRITERS

 

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Here at Lifestyle Learning Direct, we believe that when it comes to writing, youth is no barrier to learning. That’s why we’ve written our Young Writers course with teen writers in mind.

 

Some critics might argue that it takes life experience to be a good writer; however, many young writers have made their mark on the literary world in bygone years. The list includes Mary Shelley who began writing Frankenstein when she was eighteen years old. She was twenty-one years of age when the book, which became a huge success, was published in 1818.

 

Similarly, Anne Frank was merely a teenager when she diarised her experiences of fear and isolation while hiding from the Nazis with her Jewish family during WWII. Unfortunately Anne didn’t survive the war; she died in Bergen-Belsen – a German concentration camp – in March 1945, only a few weeks before the camp was liberated. In 1947, Anne’s notes were published in book form: the first Dutch edition of The Diary of Anne Frank. Since then it has been published in more than 55 languages.

 

While you may consider these young writers the exception rather than the rule, there are many current Aussie authors who began writing at an early age and had their first books published when in their twenties. These include:

 

  • Tim Winton – adult and young adult fiction – An Open Swimmer, Cloudstreet, The Riders, Dirt Music.
  • Tracy Harding – fantasy writer – The Ancient Future, Tablet of Destinies, The Alchemist’s Key
  • Kim Wilkins – adult and young adult horror and fantasy writer – Grimoire, The Infernal, Angel of Ruin, The Gina Champion series (young adult)
  • Tara Moss – crime writer – Covet, Fetish and Split
  • Scott Monk − young adult writer – Raw, The Crush, Boys ’R Us and The Never Boys.

There may be a general misconception today that young adults no longer want to read books and, in consequence, they don’t want to write them. This couldn’t be further from the truth and there are a large number of young people today who love inventing and imagining new worlds. Many writing associations around Australia hold annual festivals, incorporating sessions and contests geared solely for young writers. These attract huge numbers of entries, and competition is fierce. Some local and state writers’ centres also provide mentors for young writers.

         

The Young Writers course covers topics such as short story writing, non-fiction, plots and structure, grammar and rules of speech, finding inspiration, essay writing and, most importantly, tips on getting published. There are hands-on practical assignments with one-on-one tutor feedback to help develop your skills.

 

So, writing isn’t just for grown-ups; it’s a craft that can be practiced by people of all ages. Young or old, the one thing that writers share is a passion for words. Remember, the youthful writers of today may become the adult writers of tomorrow

 


COURSE STRUCTURE

The course is divided into five (5) lessons, as follows:


MODULE 1: PLOTTING SHORT STORIES – Introduction, successful short stories, qualities, making readers think, informing readers, amusing readers, thrilling readers, secrets of style, matching style and topic, plotting, your journal, formulas, sub-plots, the body of the story, the ending,  correct manuscript presentation, plot analysis, narrative outline, plot analysis example, Assignment 1.

 

MODULE 2: SHORT STORIES: CHARACTERISATION AND DIALOGUE – characterisation, human drama and experience, personality characteristics, introduction of characters, physical appearance, using names, ticket names, mannerisms, speech, inspiration for characters, the need for a journal, minor characters, sympathy and empathy, hero or villain, typical behaviour patterns in fictitious characters, dialogue, dialect, layout and presentation, the role of dialogue in narrative and creating characters, crude language, Assignment 2.

 

MODULE 3: NON-FICTION WRITING

Introduction, audience, purpose, context, style for different markets, overcoming old conventions, writing to explore ideas, articles can be light and humorous, research, places to research, layout, headlines, margins and fonts, punctuation, constructing an article, introduction, body, conclusion, ways to develop your skills, reading, writing, publishing rights, copyright, submission rules, example of a title page and first page layout, Assignment 3.

 

MODULE 4: ESSAY WRITING

Writing essays on the subjects you study, general points, structure, introduction, body, conclusion, using references, plagiarism, referencing styles, bibliography, ideas for obtaining reference material, understanding the essay question, types of questions, you be the marker, introductory paragraphs, body of the essay, conclusion ideas, different subject requirements, English and communications, science and technology, social science, history, final points, Assignment 4.

 

MODULE 5: DIFFERENT GENRES

Scripts for the stage, stage plot, characterisation, dialogue, stage skills, entrances and exits, example page script, playwriting pointers, scripts for film, novel writing, plot, types of novels, plot plan, subject matter, report writing, report language, descriptive paragraphs, preparing a report, personal letters, business letters, writing letters at school, advertising, sample business letter, the language of advertising, Assignment 5.

 

ASSIGNMENTS 6, 7 & 8

These assignments have no accompanying modules; instead, they guide you through the final stages of writing your articles.


This course is also available in mail correspondence and CD-ROM formats -
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EXPERT TUITION

Even though you are studying at a time and place convenient for you, you still benefit from expert guidance and tuition. Your tutor for this course is a published writer who will provide valuable feedback on each assignment you submit.

 
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EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND LESSONS

Don’t worry if you have never studied before, as all the lessons are set out in easy-to-understand language that takes you step by step through your course. If you need additional assistance, simply contact our friendly Student Services Department staff and help will never be far away.

 
STUDYING ONLINE IS SIMPLE

With online training you have the advantage of being able to study any place where you have access to a computer and the Internet. All your lessons are available on our website for you to view as you need them, or you can save them to your computer and print them so you can take them with you wherever you go.


Once you understand everything contained in each module, simply complete your assignment and upload it to our website for your tutor to mark. Once your tutor has marked your assignment, you will receive an email notifying you it is ready for collection from the website.


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Initial deposit : $308 inc GST
2nd payment : $308 inc GST
Total Cost : $616 inc GST

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