First Words - Online Class Byron Community College

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First Words - Online Class

First Words - Online Class

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Though spellbinding in its effects, creative writing itself isn’t magical. Whether you’ve always wanted to write and not known where to start, or just want to start scribbling, we’ll make a beginning. Take a peep at attitudes affecting creativity and at what stops us writing. We’ll then plunge headlong into sorting story ideas, exploring characters, description and dialogue, learning how to give feedback, and revising and editing.

This is a creative writing course for anyone wanting to find or strengthen their own unique voice, and work with their inner critic. Learn how to break through writers' blocks and to give and receive constructive feedback in a safe environment. During this course you will write a short story, or alternatively you are welcome to bring something you are working on; for example a memoir, a novel, or a piece of literary non-fiction.

What to bring

  • Pen and paper

This is an online class

  • learn from the comfort of your own home, this class will be delivered live online via the Zoom platform
  • you need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer
  • please ensure your email address is correct when enrolling, as a Zoom link to the class will be sent via email
  • IMPORTANT: if you don’t receive an email with the Zoom link when you enrol, check your spam, or call the college on 02 66843 374 between Mon to Friday 9.30am to 4pm

Not sure how to use Zoom?

Click here to watch a quick demonstration video

We also recommend you have a test run using Zoom prior to your class start date, as we are unable to offer any technical support.
Click here to test run Zoom

Please note this class is heavily subsidised by Byron Community College to support student participation during this time

Feedback from Past Students

“Learned so much - Barbara is a great and knowledgable communicator.” Barry Booth

“Was great to focus on developing a short story throughout the course - I came in with no idea where to start.” Layla Tan

“Loved coming to the writing course and meeting other writers.” Jennifer Holland

“Thanks to Barbara and my fellow students I've learnt so much and now feel encouraged to continue on the path of writing a first novel. You get to explore ideas and learn in a supportive environment. I encourage you to join this course as it is likely to be a great experience.” Jenni

Important information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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We keep our class sizes small so that you get a better experience. Avoid disappointment, enrol early!

Course testimonials:

  • I'm passionate about writing but had no idea how to construct a story. This course provided structure and pointed me in the right direction. I hope there is a follow up course next year to take us to the next level /
  • Everything. The tutor, content, tasks, other students stories and journey, all wonderful.
  • I learnt a lot!