A WRITER’S QUESTIONAIRE:
Please write a few lines in answer to each question.
- What do you most want to write? What about? What interests you the most? Describe in a few words.
- What aspect of writing is most important for you?: being liked, the satisfaction of being published any other?
- Do you relax or day-
- Do you read widely?
- Do you plan before you write or write “off the cuff”?
- Can you visualize the launching of your first book?
- How do you think you would react to bad reviews? If highly strung, like a taut guitar string* (me), will you jump off a cliff after a terrible one? * that’s a metaphor, btw.
- How regularly do you write? Every day, every week, once a month/year?
- How fast?
- Do you re-write (regularly)?
- What learning situation do you favour most?
- Have you ever attended a writer’s workshop, a correspondence course, a polytech course on writing?
- Where do you see yourself as a writer in 5/10 years? Who knows!
- What is the best thing that could happen to you? For me it’s getting a proper job perhaps…if anyone will have me, that is! Then finally… HOW CAN YOU MAKE THAT HAPPEN?
It’s not impossible …if I can do it, anyone can!
CREATIVE WRITING COURSE FAQ (Frequently asked questions):
# What does the course entail?
You undertake to learn the art of creative writing through online lessons with practical assignments which are commented on by me. I guarantee to only give positive and constructive, yet realistic feedback.
# What educational level is required?
The Introductory Creative Course requires a basic command of written English. Most of the participants write well and we students on the course from as young as ten, to people over seventy years of age.
# Is there a time limit to complete the course?
No, I understand that people lead busy lives and can do the lessons completely at their own pace. Some students rush through doing two lessons a week; whilst some take a month per lesson and even longer. It all depends upon your personal time constraints; however I suggest doing at least one lesson a month to maintain momentum and discipline.
# What is the price of the course?
Introductory Course: $50 (US), so just convert into your local currency.
Advanced Course: $79 (US).
I’ve seen courses here in New Zealand charging $500 (US) upwards.
so I think our prices are “pretty reasonable”. I feel the course has good content (like my books – enough self-praise there now, craig!).
* How do I pay?
We have a number of choices of payment to suit your convenience:
Most people prefer paying by credit card (such as Visa or Mastercard) from our secure site (it’s perfectly safe… in spite of what you may have heard about internet pirates!)
Alternatively, you can send me an international money order. And another option…
You can deposit your money directly into my bank account (to pay my power bill and so that I can pay alimony to my five wives – no, I’m not an African king!)
Our site gives full details on how to arrange payment.
Who is this “wally”, Craig Lock?
I have written five published books to date, all published in the United Kingdom. My latest novel, ANGOLAN DAWN has just been accepted by an American publisher. In addition I have written another 12 manuscripts, which we intend to initially market on the internet. Perhaps later, my associate and I will self publish, market and distribute them in “hard copy” (another fancy term for paper). Unless I’m snapped up by a major publishing house, like Harper Collins (dream on, “sonny boy”!).
# Why am I offering this course?
This creative writing course was developed from a course I ran at the local Tairiwhiti Polytechnic. About 18 months ago one of my students, a computer “whizz/geek” suggested I run it on-line (at the time it was the first creative writing course on the net). See How It All Began at https://creativekiwis.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/creative-kiwis-an-amazing-journey/.
I suppose I’ve had a “pretty eventful and adventurous life”, so when I had nothing better to do after being “deposited unceremoniously” here in “Sleepy Hollow” friends suggested I write about my “wacky” life, as well as what I had learned in the “school of life” – to help, as well as entertain others. I have been “working” in this creative field for the past five years, so thought I’d pass on the benefits of my experience and knowledge (a very tough and at time bitter experience which certainly breeds character). I originally started writing my books based on personal experiences to reach out and touch the lives of other people. I suppose I just wanted to leave my “little mark”, and try to make a difference in the world, however small…. and pay the bills, of course. So that we could move out of the plastic bag in a septic tank in which we were living… and buy my twin boys some shoes (instead of plastic bags!).
# What style do you use?
I try to inform and entertain at the same time. Most importantly, I believe this course should be fun, as life can get so serious at times. I believe we learn from each other on this course, as I don’t have ALL the answers. You might have a totally different style to my “zany/ off-beat” one (totally different to the tone of my novels)… and most probably have totally different areas of interest to write about.
This is in accordance with my philosophy of writing my various books: to inform, entertain and hopefully even inspire the reader. You too have unique life experiences which can be shared through your writing.
Are there any testimonials from participants on the course?
Yes, we have numerous ones. Here are a few:
Enough blowing our own trumpets. Well if we don’t, who will?
Where do you operate from ?
I work from home in Gisborne on the East Coast of New Zealand, the beautiful land of the long white cloud that is the “jewel” of the South Pacific. It is also known as “Godzone”, or God’s own country” (and I’m not being at all irreverent – nice long word, that). My technical “associate/ boffin”, Bill works from an office here in the town, where the peace and tranquility give us the inspiration to be extremely innovative in the field of educational technology.
I hope this satisfies all your questions (like the Spanish fly, OOPS, ER, sorry, Inquisition).
If you need to know more please e-mail me at:
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PS: EVERY FIFTEENTH PERSON ON THE COURSE WILL GET A FREE SIGNED COPY OF MY FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, HANDBOOK TO SURVIVE THE NINETIES AND THE NEW CENTURY.
EVERY TWENTY-FIFTH PERSON ON THE INTRODUCTORY CREATIVE WRITING COURSE WILL GET THE ENTIRE COURSE ABSOLUTELY FREE. LESSON SIX: SELF-PUBLISHING AND VANITY PUBLISHING.
I hope you are enjoying this course. I’m still developing it as we go along.
OUTLINE OF CRAIG LOCK’S INTRODUCTORY CREATIVE WRITING COURSE (1997)
As far as we know, this ONLY writing course actually on the internet. This outline is subject to change as the course is developed. Some of the lessons may be combined, so that the total number of lessons will be 15.
1.Introduction, What is Creative Writing:
What do you want out of the course?
What kind of writer do you want to be?
- Making a writer out of you:
What are your writing ambitions?
The writer’s principal dilemma.
Tools of the trade.
Where and when to get ideas.
- Making A Better Writer Out Of You:
How successful writers get things done.
What is writing style?
What is your style?
How to develop your writing style..
- 5. Punctuation and Grammar
6 How to write and article
Writing free-lance for magazines and newspapers:
How to find the large number of markets to sell to. The fiction and short story markets, TV, radio and newspapers.
- Developing your writers craft
How to get started? The personal qualities needed.
How to get your reader hooked.
The value of market research.
More on the ‘secrets’ of writing success.
9.The most common writing mistakes:
How to avoid them
How to approach editors and publishers.
- Copyright and plagiarism:
What to avoid.
- Short Story Writing
- Short Story Writing
Developing characters. How to write dialogue.
13.Writing the short story: Markets, sources of ideas, plots.
Which person to write in? Who is to be the key character? Which villains are there?
Happy or sad ending?
- Various Markets for your writing:
- More onvarious Markets for your writing:
14.Writing for children and teen-agers. Fiction and non-fiction.
15.Writing humorous articles.
16.Inspirational and religious writing. What style to use?
17.On the editor’s desk: What happens in a magazine office? What do editors really want?
18.The planning and preparation of non-fiction books:
How to write them. How to find suitable publishers.
19.How to write biographies and autobiographies:
Also family histories and genealogies. Nice long word that!
How to start writing that novel in you. The plot – sources of ideas.
How to create realistic characters: How many characters do you want in the story?
How to write good dialogue.
How to set the scene and create the right atmosphere in your story.
21.How to present a manuscript. (Briefly covered, because it is the subject of Course B).
- Further avenues to develop your writing.
Now you can write that ‘best seller’, the one that is within you.
The following aspects of writing, I might or might not include in the course, depending on the needs of the participants.
Writing specialist fiction:
WRITING FOR RADIO,RADIO PLAYS, TELEVISION AND THE STAGE.