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.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 30 September 2013 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £230.00 CS1201 Apply Now
Monday 27 January 2014 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £230.00 CS1201 Apply Now
Tuesday 29 April 2014 18:30 - 21:00 8 weekly classes £230.00 CS1201 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Sara Boyes (BA Hons, MA) has contributed poems to a number of anthologies including Images of Women and www.poetrypf.co.uk and has also produced three collections of poetry: Kite and Wild Flowers from Stride and Black Flame from Hearing Eye. She has worked in community theatre, writing and acting in plays and now teaches creative writing courses at City University London and Middlesex University .

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

The following may be of interest but are not required reading:

Cameron, J. (1997) The Artist's Way. London: Pan Books 

Goldberg, N. (2005) Writing Down the Bones. Boston/London: Shambala

King, S. (2001) On Writing. London: Pocket Books

McKee, R. (1997) Story. London: Hodder

Sellers, S. ed. (1999) Taking Reality by Surprise. London: The Women's Press

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