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Creative Writing: Language Building

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From Trainspotting to 1984 language can be an integral part of your characters and even the very plot your novel.

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Week 9 -Event Contents:

Language Building

You may not be planning the grandiose heights of Tolkien or Marc Okrand but every story has its own linguistic nuances, from the idiosyncrasy of the characters, their dialect or class, historical period and geographical location, to the voice you chose as a writer. In this workshop we will look at how to create a word palette using etymological processes and the application of critical thinking.

Week 1: Introduction, Rules & PURPOSE

Week 2: What is a Novel & Genre

Week 3: Metrics, Motivation, Productivity, and Constraint

Week 4: Plot

Week 5: Character

Week 6: Defamiliarization & NLP

Week 7: Dialogue

Week 8: World Building

Week 9: Language Building

Week 10: Concept Mapping

Week 11: Narrative Positioning & Description over Exposition

Week 12: Suspense, Tension, Hooks & Cliffhangers, LOCK & SCAMPER


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Organiser Iain McKinnon

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Iain McKinnon is a graduate of the Edinburgh Napier Creative Writing Masters Degree. He currently has 5 novels in print with American publisher Permuted Press. Iain runs a number of workshops most notably a creative writers program in association with Dyslexia Scotland.

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