Storymoja online writers’ course

Monday 20TH AUGUST– Thursday 4TH OCTOBER (4SUSS1-2018)

Online 2 hours x 2/week on Monday and Thursday evenings 7pm – 9:30pm 

  • Ksh 500/ per session. Scholarships available to those who need them.
  • Pay to Storymoja Lipa na Mpesa account till -779741, preferably 6,000/ upfront but if funds do not allow, pay 500/ x 14 weeks = 7,000/ in total
  • Writers to develop circa 5k word polished story for one-off payment of 10k if it is accepted by Storymoja for publication (less any scholarship monies).

Writers must successfully complete this basic course to participate in the intermediate writing course.

Admin

  • Online course  run on zoom.us
  • Writers to join google group

Administrators – registration, payments etc.

Course Outline

First Pillar: Narrative Description

  • Genres and YA readings, and 4 pillar approach
  • Role of stories /themes
  • Practice scenarios
  • Point of View
  • Painting with words – 7 tools overview

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Second Pillar: Inner Journey

  • Teen Psychology
  • Practice scenarios
  • Characters
  • Flawed thinking
  • Back stories
  • Transformation

Third Pillar: Outer Journey

Painting the Social Context

  • Impact on YA stories
    • topics
    • sensitivities
    • author responsibility
  • Story ideas and Practise scenarios
  • Story Goal
  • Inciting Incident

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Fourth Pillar: Editing and Publishing

  • Structure/Maintain the Chain
    • sequencing,
    • causal progression,
    • complications as consequences of flawed thinking
    • keeping promises
  • Course Recap
  • Constructive criticism
  • Substantive editing
  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Formatting for submission

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Intake ongoing

Why you should sign up

‘Without actively thinking about it I’ve noticed I’m applying the tools learnt on the course and restructuring and removing a lot of unnecessary meat in my older projects.’  

Farrah Bhaijee former student

‘I’m impressed by Muthoni’s way of demystifying the most complex elements about writing, breaking them down into crumb-like bits which are easy to chew.’

Abu Amirah former student

‘I had thought it would be very theoretical and perhaps classroom-like, but Muthoni made it very practical and gave us lots of little lessons that we would do via chat…’ 

Naomi Wangombe former student