Introduction to Creative Writing - Northern Beaches Community College

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Introduction to Creative Writing

Course Outline:

In this workshop, prize-winning fiction writer, Jo Riccioni, will introduce you to some of the key tools for unlocking your creativity through storytelling. Suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners to those who have already started projects, this course will look at the fundamentals of writing: where ideas come from, how to make writing a habit you stick to, and the key narrative elements to consider when bringing your ideas to the page. Writing exercises and writing prompts will be included in this workshop.

What to Bring:

Notepad & Pen

About the Tutor:

Jo Riccioni was born in the UK to an Italian father and English mother. She studied English at Leeds University and graduated with a Masters in Medieval Literature. She taught English before moving to Singapore in the 1990’s, where she became a business trainer, covering the Asia Pacific region. Later she moved to Paris, where she worked for the International Herald Tribune newspaper. Further work in finance took her to Sydney, Australia, where she now lives.

Jo has always been an eclectic reader but only started writing after the birth of her first child. She was awarded a Varuna Residency in 2010 to workshop short fiction with Cate Kennedy and Robin Hemley of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short stories have won numerous prizes, both in Australia and the UK, and have been read on the BBC and Radio National. They are published in The Age, The Best Australian Stories 2010 and The Best Australian Stories 2011, The Review of Australian Fiction, Shibboleth and Other Stories, WetInk, Westerly, and the Momaya Review. Her story, Can’t Take the Country out of the Boy, has been optioned for a short film.

Jo was awarded a Varuna Fellowship to work on The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store, her first novel. It was signed by Scribe in its infancy and is published in Australia and the UK. The Italians won the fiction category of the International Rubery Award for 2015 and was long-listed for the New Angle Prize for 2015 in the UK.

Jo lives in Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her partner, and three children (one of whom is unaware they are in fact a Border Collie).

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • So easy to just decide on a course and do it! The teachers are so nice, very well organised and clear in their instructions.
  • It was a very relaxed atmosphere and the lesson was very informative Thank you
  • The facilitator was full of great advice and very helpful on the structure of writing. The background on why we write and cultivating good story ideas was fascinating.
  • Very informative. The trainer was very well prepared and the course progressed at a good pace.
  • Well paced, got students involved, got what I wanted out of it

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm, Tues and Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113