Explore weekly themes and develop your writing with exercises and discussions in a relaxed and friendly environment
Each week we’ll look at a particular aspect of creative writing, and use writing exercises and class discussion to deconstruct and analyse each element. There are never any right or wrong answers – just informed and creative exploration. There is no homework, but writers will be set optional reading and writing tasks, which may be used as discussion points in the following session.
In the last two weeks, writers will have the opportunity to submit a piece of work to be workshopped by the group. (The length will depend on how many people want to workshop.) This will be optional and organised in week six, so writers will have plenty of time to work on their writing and decide if they want to submit for workshopping. Guidance on workshopping will be given, and writing will be submitted in advance. Throughout the course, no one has to read anything out loud if they don’t want to.
- Week 1: Introduction. What is ‘good’ writing? + Methods for generating ideas.
- Week 2: Narrative, voice and point-of-view.
- Week 3: Character and dialogue.
- Week 4: Structure, plot and story.
- Week 5: Place and setting.
- Week 6: Descriptive writing.
- Week 7: Drafting and editing + workshop 1
- Week 8: How to keep going + workshop 2
Number of places: There is a minimum requirement of six students for the course to run, and a maximum capacity of ten.
Fees: Fees must be paid upfront. Please get in touch to organise your preferred method of payment (cheque, Paypal, bank transfer…) On confirmation of payment, your place on the course will be secure. If the course is cancelled for any reason, all fees will be refunded. If you decide within the first three weeks of the course that it is not for you, 50% of your fee will be refunded. After three weeks, the fee is non-refundable.
Venue: Boardman House is managed by Age UK on behalf of a number of local charities. It is a fine example of Victorian architecture, and was designed to create a clam and creative atmosphere for learning. Our meeting room is on the first floor, with plenty of natural light. Unfortunately, the room is not suitably accessible for wheelchair users. It is located conveniently in the city centre (near Cinema City), and car parking is available nearby at St Andrews car park, the Monastery Court car park and on road ‘Pay and Display’ spaces (those these are limited).
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