Always wanted to write? Well, your passion is calling
At the risk of stealing Martina's opening line, an empowering quote by Joseph Chilton Pearce has resonated with me since I attended this creative writing course at the WEA Adult Leaning Centre. "To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong."
Too often have I procrastinated about putting pen to paper (well, fingertip to keyboard), for fear of people not enjoying or agreeing with what I write. It wasn't until I sat down for the first of the 2 day writing course with Martina Taeker, who engaged the group with the quote, that I finally realised WHO CARES!
My creative juices very quickly overtook my nerves and soon I was lost to Martina's teachings. Throughout the 12 hour course (6 hours per day) you will be taken through the basics of getting started - a word or a sentence, creating storyboards, understanding structure and points of view. You will be enveloped by a world of vignettes, poetry, short stories, novellas and moments in time.
The creative writing course provides an insight into publishing, editing, the new age of eBooks and the industry of writing competitions. You have an opportunity to examine the creative works of multiple established and decorated authors. In fact, the exposure to excerpts of literary magic was the highlight of the course for me. Having an opportunity to read pieces which I may never have discovered for myself, provided me with the perfect amount of motivation to go home and 'give it a go'. It's been 3 years since I left the course with a notebook full of inspiration and I am proud to say that I'm 21,938 words in on my first novella.
Located at the WEA Adult Learning Centre on Angas Street in the CBD, the creative writing course is held for 6 hours on Saturday 10th February and 6 hours on Saturday 17th February, starting at 10am. I'm a mother of 2 small kids, so having the course split over 2 weekends meant that it didn't feel as though it was eating into my 'babysitting' quota. I recommend grabbing a coffee on your way in and bringing some snacks with you. From memory, I think you get about 45 minutes for lunch, so for those who are fast on their feet - you could make it up to the Central Markets for a bite to eat. For others who avoid strenuous activity, like me, there are a couple of options on Hutt Street.
So, all there is to do now is to enrol online at the WEA site. When you arrive, keep an open mind and leave your inhibitions at the door. Remember that even if you don't go home and punch out a 60,000 word novel, you should be gratified by the fact that you invested in time well spent with like-minded creative people, and now have a kit full of invaluable tools to get you started.