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.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
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

Tutor Info

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 and Life Writing from Goldsmiths (University of London), as well as a BA in Cinema (University Of London). She currently specialises in short fiction and life writing. She works on writing programmes at various institutions, including Central St Martin's and universities. She has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining numerous writing awards.

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

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)

 

 

 

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