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City University London

Short story writing

This course enables new and experienced writers to gain confidence in exploring and developing their creativity through class exercises and discussion. You will learn practical writing skills such as structure, characterisation and dialogue and will examine the work of key contemporary short story writers. The aim of this short story writing course is to complete a short story by the end of the course.
Duration
Level Open Access
Cost Dates and Fees to be confirmed.
 
Tutor Information: Katy Darby's fiction has been read on BBC Radio, and she has published over 30 stories in magazines including Stand, The London Magazine, Mslexia, Litro and Pulp.net as well as winning prizes in several international fiction competitions. Her novella City of Lost Wages was a recent runner-up in The New Writer competition, and received a Special Commendation from the Escalator Literature Awards. Her novel Whores' Asylum will be published by Penguin in 2012. She has a BA in English from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she received the David Higham Award. She also edits the fiction magazine Litro and co-runs the monthly live fiction event Liars' League.
Requirements
Short story writing applicants must have a lively interest in reading and writing short fiction and an ability to meet deadlines! Your short story will need to be handed in during the course.
Modules
What will I learn? Introduction - Why do we read/write? Inspiration and ideas. Character. Dialogue. Structure. Sense of Time & Place (Description). Narrative & Point of View + Story Workshop 1. Genre & Style + Story Workshop 2. Writers' Resources + Story Workshop 3. What next ? + Story Workshop 4. Course Objectives: To identify ideas for a short story. To understand a series of fictional techniques. To apply imaginative and critical faculties to your own and others' writing. Students are assessed by their contribution to class discussions and their work on in-class and homework exercises, as well as their submitted short story.
Contact Information
Institution City University London
Enterprise Office (Admin) - Short Courses
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 8268
www.city.ac.uk/courses/short-courses/short-story-writing#course-detail=4
Department: Part-time Evening and Weekend Courses
Contact Email: shortcourses@city.ac.uk