Led by an established writer, the Novel Writing Summer School covers essential novel writing techniques and constructs, giving you the skills and confidence to work on your own novel.
City's Novel Writing Summer School is part of City's range of short creative writing courses that boasts a growing list of published alumni. An intermediate-level course aimed at those who have done some writing in the past, the Novel Writing Summer Programme is open to writers keen to make a solid start on that novel they’ve been thinking about, or to develop work they’ve already begun.
Delivered from the heart of London and taught by a professional writer and editor, a City writing course is the ideal way to take your potential as a writer to the next level.
An intensive week-long writing course, taught at our Central London campus, the Novel Writing Summer School will range from the basic practicalities of novel writing to advanced concepts and techniques. Through exercises, lectures, selected reading and workshop discussion, you will examine the use of vital aspects of the craft and develop your understanding of essential elements: finding the centre (generating and developing ideas), openings, description/evoking time and place, character, narrative development, plotting, narration, voice and more.
There will be concrete advice on supporting your practice as a writer and revising and editing your work and you will have the opportunity to share work in progress and receive motivational feedback from the course tutor and your peers.
“ I loved the structure of the course and the connection with literature it had ”
“ Great course, well taught ”
“ I found Kirstan (the tutor) encouraging and positive to each of us ”
“ So much covered in such a short space of time, providing quality and quanity ”
Over the course of the week-long summer school, you will:
The structure of each day will be as follows:
Morning session 10:30-12:30, lunch 12:30-13:30, afternoon session 13:30-15:30
a.m. – Character and Voice
p.m. – Finding the centre
a.m. – Aspects of structure
p.m. – Plotting
a.m. – Plotting 2
p.m. – Description / Evoking time and place
a.m. – Modes of narration / Point of view
p.m. – Voice 2 / Dialogue
a.m. - Synopsis
p.m. - Getting published
Some writing experience and an idea for a novel or novella.
Applicants must have fluent written and spoken English.
Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.
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 of London 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 the Open University.