'MANCHESTER'S ANSWER TO MARTINA COLE'
Karen was born and raised in the City Of Manchester and is proud to be a Mancunian! Being raised within an inner city area inspired Karen to take an unorthodox and very well received approach within her writing.
Karen left school without any formal qualifications and obtained her inspiration from attending an adult literacy course which was offered by her former employers.
Karen writes from the heart and always keeps it real to life, and she writes about subjects we can all relate too. Having lived a colourful life she uses her own experiences to write her books. Her fan base is growing every day and soon everyone will know the name Karen Woods.
Karen believes that everyone has the power to to change their lives around with self belief and determination. “Life doesn't give. We have to take what we can.” .
Susan Knight has a good life. So she turns a blind eye to the gambling winnings her husband Donny puts through the books at her salon. After all, he needs some way to unwind. At work, he is headteacher at Second Chance, an alternative provision school for kids who have nowhere else to go.
Being the headteacher gives Donny respect, money, and charm. But respect can be lost, money can be stolen and charm can only go so far.
The kids at the school all have a story to tell – as do the staff. Drugs, debt, violence and threat are part of their everyday lives. Donny’s got this far by never playing by the rules. But to keep winning, you have to keep chancing it all. To stay at the top means risking everything.
Susan knows Donny walks a fine line – but if he stumbles too far on the wrong side of the tracks can she stand by him? And for Donny, if he loses Susan, he knows he might be pulled back into the life that’s been waiting for him all this time…
Best friends Melanie and Diane have grown up together on a 1980s Manchester council estate but when Diane gets pregnant mystery surrounds the identity of the father - is it honest, hardworking Gary or John, the layabout son of the estate pub landlord? Forced into marriage at just 17 to Gary by a domineering father, home life soon becomes dull for Diane, while Melanie's boyfriend John gets involved with local dealer Donny and soon comes up with a plan to set up on his own.Yet all is not as it first appears and secrets, lies and sweet revenge soon occupy the minds of the characters in Karen Woods' latest gritty novel.
When rebellious teenager Misty Sullivan falls pregnant to a local wannabe gangster, she soon becomes a prisoner in her own home. Despite the betrayal of her best friend, she eventually recovers her self-belief and plots revenge on her abusive boyfriend with spectacular consequences. This gripping tale sees the impressive debut of Karen Woods in the first of a series of novels based on characters living on a Manchester council estate. Themes of social deprivation, self-empowerment, lust, greed and envy come to the fore in this authentic tale of modern life.
"An author who tells it as it is, no holds barred”
"The new voice of the working class"
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Online Creative writing with Author Karen Woods
If you’ve always wanted to write but didn’t know where to start, this course is exactly what you have been looking for. Best selling author Karen Woods who has penned over 22 novels, will be hosting each of these sessions herself over a period of six weeks. Karen knows how hard it can be to get your story out there and has put together this new exciting course to help writers complete the task of writing their first novel. Karen also writes for theatre and has great knowledge of the literary world.
About the author........ Karen was born and raised in the City Of Manchester and is proud to be a Mancunian! Being raised within an inner city area inspired Karen to take an unorthodox and very well received approach within her writing. Karen left school without any formal qualifications and obtained her inspiration from attending an adult literacy course which was offered by her former employers. Karen writes from the heart and always keeps it real to life and she writes about subjects we can all relate too. Having lived a colourful life she uses her own experiences to write her books.
DURATION: 6 weeks
Evening classes 7.00pm until 8.00pm (Weekday to be confirmed)
You don’t have to be based in the UK to take the course. We accept writers from around the world!
Our Beginners Creative Writing Course is suitable for complete beginners. It’s also suitable if you haven’t written anything for a while and if you’d like to get back into a writing routine.
Note that this is a course for adults. If you are under 18, then please look at our our creative writing course for teenagers on our webpage.
Module 1: What my story is about? Synopsis. Creating a storyboard. Inciting incident.Using our senses. See, hear, touch, taste, smell. Writing exercise.
Module 2: Characters. Traits, facial expressions, family. Characters profile sheet. Protagonist, Antagonist. Writing exercise.
Module 3: Show don't tell. Creating exciting plots and threads. Writing exercise.
Module 4: Emotions. Love, happiness, sadness. Writing exercise.
Module 5: Setting your story. Using the weather. Knowing the area you are writing about. Writing exercise.
Module 6: Dialogue, slangs, creating characters we can identify with. Writing exercise. Question and answer session with the author.
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