Putting story at the heart of creative writing

From Fiction Writers Character Workshop

Dear Kevin I want to thank you for a truly astounding workshop. I felt like I had been given a privileged  window into a doctoral tutorial. I love your theory of integration, feng shui, i Ching and character development. It will help me take a big step back to examine what I have done so far and build up the characters from scratch. All the work on the two,manuscripts so far now looks likes pre-writing. Your map materialises for me as a three dimensional orb with two gyroscopic axis contained within it representing the eight directions. Each axis can move

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What Nicole says about Kevin Price’s workshop methods

Now about the Advanced story tellers workshop, I found it was a LOT of hard work but it was worth it! I learnt so much about the mechanics of writing that I suddenly find I’m thinking about what the author wrote and why whenever I read a book. Also it helped to get my story on track I wrote more in the last ten months then I did in the past two years. I have a plot for a sequel and I am also finding editing my work a lot easier as I have a plan of each chapter and

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Kurt Vonnegut: The shapes of stories

This really is classic stuff. Note that he says: “A GUY who gets in trouble …”, “A GUY finds something wonderful …” “It’s a LITTLE GIRL …” My point being, story shapes are all about the character. To learn some great tricks on how to create wonderful characters, consider my PD for ATAR English teachers July 2017. Details here. For more of Kurt Vonnegut, click here.

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Award-winning playwright commends Kevin Price’s workshop methods

In 2012 I attended Kevin Price’s ‘Adult Bornstoryteller Workshops’.  I started the workshop as an excited little pilgrim not sure where the journey would take me.  I ended the workshop confident in my abilities, with a wealth of applicable information that I can use in my scriptwriting, novels and even poetry. Kevin’s teaching informed my writing and during 2012 I was fortunate to win two awards.  Kevin combines his extensive knowledge with teaching diagrams and handouts and this combination of techniques really assisted me in learning the art of writing.  I am a visual person so his teaching diagrams brought

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JJ Abrams – The Investment of Character

I know the talk is actually called The Mystery Box, but there’s a point at about half way through where he reveals one critical element of story: what he calls the investment of character. Stories are about characters and the circumstances of their relationships. All of which means, as a writer, you can’t know too much about your characters. But how do you avoid the stereotypes? How do you invest in characters who speak to the reader’s heart? Join me July 2017 at the Creative Writing PD Masterclass for ATAR English teachers, and we’ll see. Details here.  

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Writing characters from the inside out

The storyteller begins, ‘Once upon a time …’ and ends, ‘… and they lived happily ever after.’ In between is an illustration of what happens to a character who ‘lived’ at that time and the struggles that marked the way to winning ‘the fair hand’ with whom the happily ever after is to be spent. Oh, but … I hear you say, not all stories are fairy tales. And, naturally, I agree with you. Yet, all stories require these two moments: an announcement that something is about to happen, and an announcement that because of what happened some sort of satisfactory conclusion arose. This

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