write what you know
(EVEN WHEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW NOTHING, JON SNOW)
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Explore your fundamental human truth to make your writing more oomphy

Suitable for any kind of writing: novels, short fiction, poetry, screenwriting, memoir. Anything

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LEARN HOW TO TAP INTO YOUR UNIQUE TRUTHS AND EXPERIENCES TO LIFT YOUR WRITING FROM GOOD TO GREAT

Write what you know is the most misunderstood adage in the writing world. For most of us, ‘what we know’ is actually pretty dull and boring – the day-to-day minutiae of stuff. But we’re all human. We all feel things (ugh, feelings). We all know stuff that other people don’t know. We’ve all experienced the world, with all its ups and downs and sideways strangeness. And the secret to good writing is translating all that innate human-y knowledge into something honest and realistic.

We will show you how to harness the power of your innate human-y knowledge; how to draw from what you DO know and translate that into fantastical, imaginative, moving, amazing writing.

We know that sometimes writing into the unknown can be terrifying. How do you put yourself into the shoes of someone other than yourself? How do you visualise and accurately depict a place you’ve never been? How do you write about something you’ve never done and make it feel REAL?

You start with what you know. You use the experiences you already have on tap and adapt them, tweak ’em, manipulate and amplify them until they serve your purposes. You show your writing chops and turn what you know into what you don’t know in a believable, honest, and realistic way.

Sounds easy/difficult/terrifying, huh? Yep. All of those.

But we’re gonna do it anyway.

LESSONS IN THIS COURSE

WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY KNOW?
Exploring your own knowledge, giving value to your own experiences, and why truth and realism matter

PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS
Embody an experience, writing about places you’ve never been, and the importance of the little details

FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS
Hit ’em right in the feels, develop your emotional intelligence, and how to transfer ‘what you know’ into writing

WRITING AROUND IT
Reframing the truth, discovering deeper meanings, and finding purpose in your writing

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