Creative Writing Live Tutorials

Let creativity still your mind.

Take your writing somewhere new.

eastuition‘s live and interactive Tutorials show you how writing works from the inside out. There are no formulae we can teach you. No short cuts we can take. Instead we encourage you to work with the most powerful resource you have – yourself.

Starting with what’s already within you, we first draw out your creative voice in innovative exercises that help you get in flow, then, with that voice singing, we explore techniques of the craft of writing, giving you time to practise each skill so it becomes a part of you.

By the end of each 60-minute live tutorial, you’ll be writing in ways you didn’t think possible.

One focus.

Limitless scope.

what to expect

    • Easy access

    • Invitation to Zoom video session

    • 60-minute live and interactive tutorials

    • £5 per tutorial paid via Paypal link on booking

    • Free-standing tutorials

    • Creative expertise

    • Total immersion

    • Innovative teaching methods

    • Clear and detailed explanations

    • Specific suggestions 

    • Practice tasks

    • Enthusiastic encouragement

    • Lively attention

Starting to write – for fiction, memoirs or journals

To reach unfettered flow, writers require an attitude of curiosity, trust and receptivity. In this two-part tutorial, we show you how to access a state of flow and harness the creative mind – all those ideas, images, memories and emotions deep within us.

With free-writing exercises, we help you tap into your creative voice, bypassing the censor in your head; we then explore that raw material, taking threads of ideas and themes that we weave together in surprising ways.

Telling and Showing

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekov

The difference between telling and showing is not only a tough concept to grasp, it can also be tricky to find the right balance. Too much telling will slow your story down and kill your reader’s interest, whereas too much showing can lose the reader or make things hard work.

We analyse the use of each skill and explore when, why and what makes one more apt than the other.

Characters

“Character is plot, plot is character.” F. Scott-Fitzgerald

Character complexity is what sparks the ‘engine’ of our stories. It’s the contradictions and conflicts within that will generate dilemmas or obstacles for characters, driving the narrative.

We peel back a character’s layers to reveal who they really are. What do they want? What do they fear? How can we raise the stakes? With flesh on the bones, we then consider character arcs and the progression along their journeys.

Once characters are formed and motivation is high, the plot thickens.

Point of view

It can be a challenge simply choosing whose point of view to write from, let alone sustaining it throughout that character’s narrative.

Who should be telling this story or strand and why? Which point of view will most interest the reader and why? Do we need more than one point of view character to tell this story?

We look at how point of view can shape of your narrative, and what’s entailed in those initial decisions.

Setting and description

A strong sense of place not only adds interest and atmosphere for the reader, it also serves to strengthen characterisation, foreshadow plot points, and create tone. However, overdone or overwritten, setting and description can kill pace, dilute tension, and bore readers.

But how much description is too much? And where should it go in the narrative?

Once we unpick the skill, we explore how you can infuse your writing with descriptive imagery and specific details of setting in ways that keep your reader interested and engaged.

Story Ideas

Where do ideas come from? How can you spark the hint of a story?

Ideas for stories are everywhere. All it takes is a single word or an action or a place and something can be built from nothing.

In this workshop, we play with ideas and look at how we can make a narrative arc from an empty place. Taking work from other tutorials, or starting completely from scratch, you’ll learn how to trust the creative process in building a story from scratch.

Get ready to have stories fill your head!

Editing

On how he sculpted David, Michelangelo said, “I looked at the stone and removed all that wasn’t David.”

But how do you know what your work is?

We start with the intention of your story. With the raw material you’ve amassed, we return to interrogate and refine your early drafts, identifying what works, before developing ideas and structuring the whole for the greatest impact.

We consider how to edit and redraft, and help you commit to a story that you’ll enjoy working on.

Creative Writing Tutorials

Mon 20 April — Thurs 28 May

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