An Explosion of Words: Writing Action with Shaun Kennedy

Ref: C2346430

Action is a key element to storytelling, even in the most mundane and everyday of setups. Alas, it is common for writers to feel unsure on how to effectively portray and utilise action. In this short course we will discuss and define the topic, explore examples, and practise using two possible creative writing techniques and a number of literary devices. We will also consider other topics of note including fight scenes, technical terms, using the environment, and how to increase immersion and raise the stakes by addressing the consequences and development of situations. This course will feature lecture, discussion, excerpts, and a variety of exercises to help give your stories that extra kick!

Course aim

In relation primarily to creative fiction, this short course explores basic action writing techniques to enhance visualisation, tension, and pacing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • State what defines an 'action' scene
  • Briefly explain the function of action scenes in storytelling
  • Explain the reasoning behind particular words and structure
  • Demonstrate writing thrilling action scenes using literary devices

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Writing & drawing equipment; microphone & camera

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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An Explosion of Words: Writing Action with Shaun Kennedy


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