The first building block of fiction – setting is all about turning on your senses: so you can really absorb your surroundings and begin to describe it. The location and time of your story needs facts and detail to make it real. Secondly, character development which is essential to fiction, gives you the opportunity to do a bit of soul searching: what happens when you start writing about ‘the life you are nearly living’, as Grace Paley put it?’ Thirdly, dialogue: an interesting component of showing your character’s personality but not always easy! Eavesdropping, listening to how people talk and keeping to a couple of rules of play, makes your dialogue more natural. And last but not least – plot which is about the big picture: the series of events that illustrate the story’s conflict. This may evolve as you go along, this might be clear from the start but as a tool in writing, it gives you the opportunity to look more long-term at your story, giving you a bit of a framework to support what you really want to say.
So, if you have always wanted to develop your writing skills but never quite found the time or right moment to do so, then this just might be your chance! Come join us, meet new people and write a story or two. Non-native English speakers and Dutch applicants are also very welcome, although a solid base in the English language is required for your own beneficial participation in the course.
If you don’t speak Dutch and want to apply it is recommended you give us a call. Our employees at customer service speak English and will guide you through the application process.
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