The first of these lessons is a quick introduction for all users, but particularly students. The other is a comprehensive user guide for teachers.
Characters with beliefs! Places with history! Dialogue with intent! Narrative Basics lessons teach all these features and more. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
NEW Narrative Skills
A new series of lessons about elements that take narrative writing from good to great. Coming up next: conflict!
Learn how to mine memories—both real and imagined—in order to write about powerful moments, stories and themes from your life. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
Develop a shared language for analysing text by exploring the way word groups and phrases create meaning and voice in authentic text. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
Em dashes, semi-colons, and other super-useful-once-you-know-them punctuation tools, explored in a Writelike way. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
Classic Author One-Shots
Standalone lessons about the voice and style of classic authors.
French Revolution as tabloid journalism. Kitchen fail as art gallery label. Godzilla as haiku. Learn to recombine genre and content with Mixed Remix lessons. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
Science fantasy worldbuilding with Phoenix
Space! Aliens! Exotic tech! Transform everyday objects and situations into sci-fi magic with S.F. Said’s Phoenix as a model. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
High-concept storytelling with Gone
Cataclysmic concepts! Heroic triumvirates! Misbehaving mobs! Developing a high-concept story using the first chapter of Michael Grant's GONE as a model. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
Contemporary gothic with the Deathly Hallows
Dark places, a sense of decay, and isolated heroes. Create classic gothic effects using simple contemporary language with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
Observing and describing with Storm Boy
Lyrical and timeless, Storm Boy is a classic story and a challenging text to model for writers of any age. Suitable advanced Middle Years and up.
First person narrative with That Eye, the Sky
Master subjective narration and first person storytelling by modelling extracts from the opening chapter of Tim Winton's novel, That Eye, the Sky. Suitable for general audiences (Young Adult and up).
Detective comedy with The Falcon's Malteser
Shabby detectives, mysterious clients, and tropes too good to refuse! Learn to write hardboiled detective parody with Anthony Horowitz's The Falcon's Malteser. Suitable for Middle Years and up.
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