An Approach to Creative Writing Short Courses
This course will explore how to find inspiration and how to make your writing lively and engaging. Students learn the key elements of fiction writing, particularly in relation to short stories, such as structure, characterisation, dialogue, point of view, narrative voice, style and how to develop, sustain and end a story. Depending on students' particular interests we may also look specifically at novel writing, experimental writing and the craft of writing poetry. Students also learn how to sustain their practice as a writer and how to revise and edit their own work.
Due to popular demand, please note the same course will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In other words, you do not need to register for both nights, just pick your preferred day of the week.
|Start Date||Start Time||Duration||Cost||Course Code||Apply|
|Tuesday 7 October 2014||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£250.00||CS1201||Apply Now|
|Thursday 9 October 2014||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£250.00||CS1201||Apply Now|
|Tuesday 20 January 2015||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£250.00||CS1201||Apply Now|
|Thursday 22 January 2015||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£250.00||CS1201||Apply Now|
|Tuesday 28 April 2015||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£250.00||CS1201||Apply Now|
|Thursday 30 April 2015||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£250.00||CS1201||Apply Now|
Tuesday: Cherry Potts is the author of two collections of short stories, Mosaic of Air and Tales Told Before Cockcrow. She owns Arachne Press, and is the editor of four 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 is currently gearing up to curate a one day literature and music festival at the winter solstice.
Thursday: Amy Prior has an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths (University of London), as well as a BA in Cinema (University of London). She currently mainly works across short fiction and life writing. She is a visiting lecturer/tutor on creative writing programmes at universities and arts institutions. She has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining numerous writing awards, and has been published in both book-form and anthologies - as well as commissioning collections of short fiction for independent and major presses. She sometimes works with institutions - such as major galleries, museums and bookshops - in relation to public writing programmes, book fairs and publications, occasionally on an international basis.
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.