'Story' helps writers understand the most important aspect of writing: the story.
And helps them with the second most important aspect, actually writing.
It builds confidence and shows how writing can improve mental wellbeing. No matter what your writing experience or the format you want to write in. 'Story' will guide you and help you create time to write in a world full of distractions.
Week One - Understanding Story
Story - What is it
Problems - Why do we and don't we write
Week Two - Knowing Your Protagonist
A character's journey drives the story
Protagonist Arc is your story
Week Three - The beginning, middle and end -
The Art of the Start
The Boring Middle
A Happy Ending
Week Four - Creating a writing plan
Writing Plan - Why and how
Time - How to create time to write in a busy world
What people say
Luke really helps you find your voice, guiding you through the storytelling process. His skill and knowledge enthuse you in such a way that has you sitting up late into the night writing, and then eager to meet up again to hear his views and sound advice. Honest, down to earth, full of humour and great company, with many a story to tell! Worth every penny and the time! Going to miss our weekly classes!
I attended Luke's one-day Story workshop and had a really enjoyable day. He helped me improve how I plan and construct a story, and I found Luke's suggestions and insight on character arcs helped me to see a difficulty I've been having in a new light. I'd very much recommend the workshop if you are either a new writer or someone who has been writing for a long time and could use some creative support and guidance.
Luke brings the idea and enthusiasm of writing to everyone, inspiring people to use writing to help themselves.
After this workshop you will have a complete understanding of how your story affects an audience, you will be inspired and have confidence in your ideas while also seeing the benefits of enjoying the escape of writing. You will create a unique writing plan that will keep you on track to complete your task whether it is a novel, short story, film, poem or wedding speech.
My Brief Story
I wrote my first story at twelve, and it took me seventeen frustrating years to realise that if I was going to write I needed help, I needed to stop thinking and start doing. I signed up for a creative writing course, then a longer development course before my degree, and finally a master's degree. And have been creating ever since, for over ten years as a stand-up comedian around the world and with a dozen one-man shows at the Edinburgh Festival, and I’ve written multiple television scripts including my award-winning short film Angel Falls. I also write for and with other people in story development, rewrites and speeches.
This workshop solves the three main problems that all writers start with,
‘I don’t know where to start’,
‘I’m not good enough’,
‘How do I make time in my busy life?’.
Problem 1 -
I don’t know where to start
A blank page, a blank screen, can be a black hole for creativity, all the ideas that have been running around your head screaming like sugar-filled children in a playground are all suddenly quiet.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou
The blank page is a common enemy to storytellers of all levels, but the good news is that we can turn that white-page brick wall into the start of your writing journey.
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now." - Chinese proverb
Whether your aim is to write bestsellers or just for yourself, it all starts with a blank page. This workshop walks you through how to start writing by helping you prepare your idea and create a writing plan. This means you will never stare at a blank screen without an idea of what you’re about to write. In truth, you have actually already started because the idea is in your head and all we have to do is release it.
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” - Terry Pratchett
Elaine who attended my ‘Story – Six weeks in development’ course says.
“Luke really helps you find your voice, guiding you through the storytelling process. His skill and knowledge enthuse you in such a way that has you sitting up late into the night writing, and then eager to meet up again to hear his views and sound advice. Honest, down to earth, full of humour and great company, with many a story to tell! Worth every penny and the time! Going to miss our weekly classes!”
Problem 2 -
Am I good enough?
No one sits down to write without having the thought, ‘Am I good enough?’. You think, ‘But I’m not a writer?’ Well, once upon a time you weren’t a human, then you were born. If you can achieve a miracle like that, then you can be a ‘writer’, everything starts at the beginning.
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” – Henry Ford
The truth is the way you get good enough is by doing, I always say the first draft is the worst draft, or if you prefer the more elegant words of Hemingway, he said, "The first draft of anything is shit."
Confidence comes from really knowing your idea, and in a relaxed and friendly environment, we will break down your ideas, polish them up and show you why they work. Personally, I learnt the hard way performing stand-up comedy, spoiler alert, comics write what they say on stage and when you write a story for stage you need to learn how to make it ‘good enough’ quickly. You will come away from this workshop confident that you have something that people want.
Another extreme version of not knowing if you are good enough is that I help write wedding speeches for other people. This feedback I got from a bride.
“For me, writing a bride's speech was the most terrifying part about my wedding. Using my own words, Luke created the most amazing speech, which gave me the confidence to do it.”
Her confidence came from the speech, but they were really her words, she just needed structure and direction. I use the same type of ideas when helping you create your stories.
Problem 3 -
My life is busy, I haven’t got time to write
Life is full of deadlines, work, kids, cleaning. Even relaxing has a deadline, ‘One more episode before bed, because I have work in the morning’. We live in a whirlwind of distractions, and adding something new is not easy. I used to wake up at five am and write for two hours before my day started, don’t worry this is not going to be my suggestion for you.
“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon
First, we will inspire you, nothing is easier than doing something that you enjoy. You need discipline to eat healthily, but I’ve never needed lessons on how to eat cake. When you start writing and are inspired, you find time, you feel the benefits like improved mental health. Secondly, I was wrong to get up at five am and just sit at the computer, this was why I started creating writing plans, and they worked, I never sit down to write without knowing what is next, it really saves time.
You also don’t need a pen or keyboard to write, a huge amount of writing is thinking, and it is important to give yourself space to do so, but you can also ponder writing problems while going about your day walking the dog, making the kids sandwiches or hoovering the garden.
If you are already a thinker, and you want to turn that into becoming a writer, no matter your experience, no matter what format you want to write in, no matter if you want to sell a million books or just write for yourself. This course will help you get started, help you get confident, and help you plan and work around your already busy life. All you need to do is sign up and grab a pen (keyboard).