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Ben Pobjie: Becoming a Writer

Session Info:

A lot of us would love to be writers, and we would love to know how to become better writers – whether that be for a professional career, for school, or just for pleasure.

Here I go over the realities of a writing life, the pleasures and the pitfalls, and the best way to go about making your writing vision become a reality. All subjects tailored to the age and experience level of the audience – students of any age can benefit from thinking about writing, and how to do it well.

Topics

  • Why we write – the reasons to become a writer, and the reasons to keep going when the job is hardest
  • The differences between different kinds of writing – different approaches for fiction and non-fiction, short and long form, opinion writing and imaginative writing
  • What to write about? How to pick your subjects wisely
  • The profession – how the writing world works and things you need to know if you want to make a living from writing.
  • The hardest part of writing – getting started.
  • Writing techniques – the methods and tactics you can use to get your message across
  • Examples: talking about students’ own favourite writers and pieces of writing to illustrate the secrets of good writing.

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