An Approach to Creative Writing  Short Courses

This introduction to creative writing short course, taught at our Central London campus, will explore how to find inspiration and how to make your creative writing lively and engaging. Students learn the key elements of fiction writing, particularly in relation to short stories and novels. Subjects covered include structure, characterisation, dialogue, point of view, narrative voice, style and how to develop, sustain and end a story. Students also learn how to support their practice as a writer and how to revise and edit their own work.

Due to popular demand, please note the same Approach to Creative Writing evening course will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You do not need to register for both nights, just pick your preferred day of the week.

This course is ideal preparation for our Short Story Writing and Novel Writing and Longer Works courses.

Why Choose a City Short Course?

Inspiring and motivating, City's An Approach to Creative Writing short course is led by professional writers who are experts in their field. The course makes up part of City's range of short writing courses that boasts a growing list of published alumni.

Delivered from the heart of London, a part-time City writing course is the ideal way to develop your potential as a writer.

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

Tutor Info

Tuesday: Cherry Potts is the author of epic fantasy novel The Dowry Blade and two collections of short stories, Mosaic of Air and Tales Told Before Cockcrow, as well as numerous stories performed live in the UK and Hong Kong, and published in magazines and anthologies. She owns Arachne Press, and is the editor of many short story anthologies including Award Winning Weird Lies, and a poetry anthology. She runs South London live literature event, The Story Sessions, and writes reviews for The Short Review. She curates the annual Solstice Shorts literature and music Festival.

Thursday: Amy Prior is a writer and part-time visiting lecturer for creative writing programmes at universities & other institutions. She works at a range of levels: from complete beginners to ‘household name’ literary writers, creating and developing writing for publication; she has wide experience of helping students develop creative writing portfolios for undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing degrees across fiction, autobiographical writing and life writing. She has an MA in Creative & Life Writing and a BA in Cinema (both from University Of London), and has also studied short fiction writing on a selective masterclass programme at an independent liberal arts college in New York State. She has received a number of awards for her writing, curated and commissioned critically acclaimed collections, and contributed writing to books and other publications. She has an international perspective to writing, publishing in both the UK and North America with both major and independent presses. Her interests range across different prose forms; so far, she has published six books - with more in development. Her books and writing occasionally attract film industry interest for adaptation.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

  • How to find inspiration for your writing;
  • How to structure, develop and end a story;
  • How to create characters, write convincing dialogue and use different narrative voices and points of view;
  • How to ensure your writing is lucid and vivid;
  • How to assess, revise and edit your work.

Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended Reading

Tuesdays:

Bird by Bird, Anne Lammot, Anchor 2007

Steering the Craft, Ursula Le Guin, Eighth Mountain Press 1999

The Voice that Thunders, Alan Garner, Vintage

The Well of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde, Hodder

Short Circuits (revised edition), Vanessa Gebbie (ed), Salt 2013

Thursdays:

Students should buy according to interest, though some photocopies of these and additional texts will also be provided:

Key:

The Art Of Writing Fiction, Andrew Cowan (Routledge, 2011)

On Writing Short Stories, Tom Bailey (OUP, 1999)

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews Series Editor: George Plimpton - various themes, publishers and years

Collections:

The Art Of The Story: An International Collection. Edited By Daniel Halpern. (Penguin Books, 2001)

The New Penguin Book Of American Short Stories. Edited by Kasia Boddy (OUP, 2012)

Other:

The Creative Writing Workbook, John Singleton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)

Application Deadline: