Writers’ Workshop Short Courses
This is an advanced fiction-writing course designed to help experienced writers move ongoing work towards a publishable standard. Students' fiction (chapters from novels or short stories) will be circulated in advance and then constructively critiqued within the group. You will also submit and workshop a synopsis of your novel; write an author biog and covering letter to send to agents and publishers; and will select a topic for proposed discussion in class (e.g., pace, multiple viewpoints). The size of this class will be restricted to 12 students, so early application is advised.
|Start Date||Start Time||Duration||Cost||Course Code||Apply|
|Friday 4 October 2013||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£290.00||CS3209||Apply Now|
|Friday 31 January 2014||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£290.00||CS3209||Apply Now|
|Friday 2 May 2014||18:30 - 20:30||10 weekly classes||£290.00||CS3209||Apply Now|
Tutor InfoKirstan Hawkins:
Kirstan Hawkins first novel, Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop, was published by Random House in 2010. Kirstan graduated from the Certificate in Novel Writing at City University in 2007, and has subsequently taught several guest slots as a visiting lecturer, bringing a unique approach as writer, tutor and alumna. She studied anthropology at Edinburgh University and has a PhD in anthropology and international development from the University of Wales, Swansea. As well as her creative writing, she also currently works in international development, and has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Kirstan was previously a lecturer in anthropology and development studies at the University of Swansea, Goldsmith's College and a tutor for Open University.
You should have taken an introductory fiction writing course or be writing regularly, and some experience of workshopping is advisable.
What will I learn?
- You will learn to: Understand the construction of a sustained piece of fiction;
- Revise and edit your work;
- Identify markets and the requirements of publishers;
- Give, receive and apply constructive criticism;
- Put together a submission for an agent or publisher, consisting of a synopsis, first three chapters or short stories and covering letter.
What will I do on the course?
- Submit and workshop a synopsis of your novel (approx. 500 words);
- Submit and workshop 3-5 chapters of your novel or 3-5 short stories (depending on class size);
- Select a topic you are interested in for focused discussion in class (e.g., "Pace", "Dialogue", "Multiple Viewpoints");
- Write an author biog and covering letter to send to agents/publishers.
Teaching and AssessmentStudents are assessed by their contribution to class discussions and their work on in-class and homework exercises, as well as their submitted synopsis, chapters or stories.
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