Creative Writing Retreat
Sunday 5th April 2020
9.30am - 4pm
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
...A single word separates people who say they want to write fiction, and those who actually do it.
People often say…
“I want to write fiction.”
What professionals say is, “I want to write successful fiction.”
THIS RETREAT IS PERFECT FOR
New and developing writers - those who have not yet published and those wanting to
take their writing to the next level.
LEARN FROM THE BEST
In an encouraging, comfortable workshop setting, this Writing Retreat will crunch down some of the industry secrets I’ve learned over 20 years about what makes writing successful. You’ll get practical tricks of the trade from successful authors who consistently write best sellers - and you’ll use them immediately. So each time you learn a new element of the craft, you will achieve writing success.
In this first retreat, you'll learn how to develop dynamic characters and compelling plots with an emphasis on generating powerful scenes. The aim is to help you to develop effective, moving, surprising, and well-crafted writing.
YOUR WRITING COACH
Professional Writer & Teacher.
For over 20 years, Claire has worked for publishers, businesses, magazines, and online markets in SE Asia, the US and Europe. Recently, Claire has been invited to schools to read Ellie Sparrow and the Great Fire of London - the first in her series of children’s fiction.
Her experience includes ghost writing, editing and product development for diverse publishers, the International Baccalaureate, UK universities, SME to multinational companies and charities. Claire is a member of the Oxford University Press Research Forum.
There's a dream, that waits like a tiger.
Writing Retreat Details
What makes the Success Stories Academy Retreat so unique?
It's the combination of a laser-like focus on developing dynamic writing skills in an elegant and relaxing setting. On one hand, our program taps the creative abilities of all students. At the same time, students have a wonderful opportunity to support and engage in each other’s work with positive guidance and practical structure.
What will the morning & afternoon sessions include?
Backstage Pass -- Sometimes, the hardest thing is getting through the door. These activities are designed to get you ‘in the zone.’ They will be fun, inclusive and motivational. We’ll complete one or two simple writing exercises to help you warm up your creative abilities.
Access All Areas -- Valuable time devoted to learning specific techniques that drive successful writing. During this time you’ll dive deeper into skills practice.
The Stage -- Valuable time . This is your opportunity to spend on a longer piece and achieve writing success. You’ll combine your brilliant ideas with top-secret tools and be free to find your own voice and story,
Students may work in the room, in the hotel's comfortable lounge, in Cismigui Park, or at an nearby cafe.
Coaching & Review -- During writing time, coach Claire Vorster is available to meet with students for coaching and directed feedback. After, students share their new work, together (one - to - one), in a structured and supportive session.
Be specific, what am I going to learn?
01 Making it count -- A promise that involves action is better than a wish.
Here you’ll define what success looks like for you in relation to your time on the Success Stories Retreat. To do this, you are going to answer a few questions, and make a promise to yourself.
02 The art of the plot -- The difference between a story idea and a workable plot can be summed up in three words. In this module, you’ll learn what they are and start applying them. You’ll study how famous authors and film makers avoid bad plots and produce great ones. And start writing your own.
03 The art of character -- Great characters are not simply what they do, but what they want to do, need to do, long to do and cannot do. That’s what will keep you, and your readers hooked. You’ll learn how to avoid the mistakes that make readers abandon books and to produce characters your readers will miss after they finish your story.
How to Book
Places on the April 5th Retreat are limited to 15 people.
1. Your investment for the One Day Retreat is EUR95, this includes course materials and morning refreshments.
2. Full refund available up to two weeks before the start of the course. Refund for cancellation within two weeks of start date will involve a EUR20 fee to cover costs. Naturally, we cannot guarantee to hold a place unless fees are paid.
To reserve your place, please pay by Bank Transfer. Email Claire for bank details (RON or EUR) and to book.