Wordsmith: Memoir, Fiction & Autofiction with Caroline Lark


A five morning course

Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm

 12 July – 16 July 2021

Create a piece of short fiction or memoir!

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Course Details

An introduction to the art of writing short fiction and/or memoir, suitable for both beginner and more advanced writers, the 5 sessions include exercises as learning tools plus time to workshop ideas with support and guidance.

1 – Introduction. Story arc. Scene, characters, action. Theme. Dialogue. Events as stories, not anecdotes.

2 – Crafting a personal story. First person. Self or fictional self as main character. Self as narrator.Voice. Diary/Letter/Narrative. How many details are too many?

Voltaire: The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. Central question? 

3 – Bringing character and plot to life. Select, shape, style. Choose key scenes or segments.

4 – How to convey setting. What does a reader need to understand place? Context and plot. Symbolic structures. Condensed scenes.

5 – Building tension. Engagement: escalating thrills/involvement. The climax. Endings. 



The Learning Centre, Artworks
2 Korora Road
Waiheke Island
Auckland 1081
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Phone: 09 372 9868



Caroline Lark  is a playwright, poet, fiction writer, and artist. Her plays have been performed on radio and stage, her poetry published and collected in New Zealand and internationally, and her novella Days won the Hazard Press / Quote Unquote Short Fiction Award. She is well known as a teacher through her popular Wordsmith short courses across several genres. Caroline is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, UK.


Student feedback :

Covered so much. Caroline is very encouraging and enthusiastic

I wrote far more than I expected to! I was very impressed with the leadership and content of this course. Most impressed with Caroline’s gentle, affirmative attitude, her breadth and depth of knowledge and her ability to respond personally to each member of the class.

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