Online Feedback: Manuscript Development
Monday 4 March to Friday 17 May 2024, online
Full Price: $580
Conc Member: $375
This course, Online Feedback: Manuscript Development with Ashley Kalagian Blunt, takes place online.
Join this manuscript development course to give and receive feedback on your writing.
Do you have a draft manuscript of adult fiction or memoir? Are you looking for feedback and tips to improve your work?
In this online course, author Ashley Kalagian Blunt will provide feedback on your manuscript (up to 7200 words) plus a synopsis in an online classroom environment, enabling you to hone your skills over three months.
You’ll also give and receive peer feedback, and be able to consider the tutor’s feedback on your fellow writers’ submissions. The tutor’s feedback will focus on specific areas for each of the three submissions, as outlined below.
Please note: This Online Feedback course is not suitable for aspiring or beginning writers. We recommend that you complete at least one other creative writing course before enrolling in Online Feedback. By enrolling in this course, you are committing to giving and receiving feedback from peers and the tutor. Read this article here for more information.
Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >
Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program.
For the first submission, we will look at how your manuscript begins, focussing on specific areas including what hooks you’ve planted to keep readers turning the pages and the characters you’ve introduced. In addition to the first 2200 words of your manuscript, you’ll also submit a 300-word synopsis, using provided guidelines for writing an industry-standard synopsis.
In the second submission of 2500 words, our focus is on characters, dialogue and point of view. If you aren’t using dialogue, choose part of the manuscript where we see your protagonist through their actions.
The third submission is your opportunity to select 2500 words of your manuscript that you would particularly like feedback on and to ask a specific question about it. For example, you might be concerned whether a character’s motivation is clear, or whether a particular action is obvious – or too obvious! If you don’t have a particular question and would just like some general feedback, that’s fine too.
Your tutor will provide tailored feedback on each submission, and you’ll also have the opportunity to read and comment on other participants’ writing. You’ll be given guidance on the best way to give feedback and specific questions to focus on in each round of submissions. Giving feedback on others’ work is a great way to sharpen your eye on your own work.
This online course takes place on a website specifically designed for writers, making it simple and easy to share your writing, give and receive feedback, and interact with fellow writers.
If you’re ready to challenge yourself and develop your skills through constructive critique and independent work, this course is for you.
Please note: this is a feedback-based program. While you are welcome to generate new material for submission during this time, no prompts or themes will be provided.
Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this course. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
You must have a completed draft manuscript of adult fiction or memoir to enrol. This Online Feedback course is not suitable for aspiring or beginning writers. We recommend that you complete at least one other creative writing course before enrolling in Online Feedback. By enrolling in this course, you are committing to giving and receiving feedback from peers and the tutor. Read this article here for more information. If you’re unsure if your manuscript would be suitable, please contact us to discuss.
You do not need to log into the course at a specific time and there are no live meetings. You will receive an email with an invitation link to join the online classroom by 10am on the day the course starts.
This course starts on Monday 4 March with enrolment into our online classroom. Submissions (up to 2500 words of fiction) are due on the following dates, 10pm (Sydney times):
Monday 11 March
Monday 8 April
Monday 6 May
After each submission date, you’ll have 10 days to complete peer feedback. At the end of each feedback period, you’ll receive your tutor feedback.
We recommend having your synopsis ready before you start this course. You can draft it using our synopsis writing guide here >>
This interactive online course has limited places. Book early to avoid missing out.
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About the tutor
Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the bestselling author of Dark Mode, an internationally published psychological thriller. Her earlier books include How to Be Australian, a memoir, and My Name Is Revenge, collected fiction and essays, which was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her writing appears in the Sydney Morning Herald, Overland, […]