Graham Greene said: ‘I have no talent. It’s just a question of working, of being willing to put in the time.’ Through supportive workshops, you’ll develop your fiction writing skills, crafting original plots and characters that come alive on the page. You’ll also explore how to structure a poem and produce brave, visual images. Finding your writing voice is a bit like finding your voice in life, and this course will help you let go of writing inhibitions and discover your individual expression.
All writing is an act of faith, and on this short course you will gain faith in your ability, becoming a writer with imaginative flair. We’ll explore technical aspects of writing, so that you can confidently recognise and use devices such as point of view, voice, plot, poetic form, rhythm and imagery. In addition, you’ll learn how to read as a writer and be able to respond sensitively and critically to other people’s work. Over the course of this ten week programme you will also understand how to self-edit, produce finished pieces, gain commercial awareness of literary publication, and be able to transfer your writing skills to other fields.
The first five weeks of the course will focus on prose writing, exploring extracts from a range of novelists and short story writers including David Foster Wallace, Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore and David Szalay. We will study writing techniques such as how to craft character, create a sincere voice, write surprising plots and original points of view. The last five weeks of the course will be dedicated to writing poetry, examining the workings of poetic logic, metaphor, form, and sound. We will study a range of poets such as Cavafy, T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, and contemporary poets like Liz Berry, Ocean Vuong, and Andrew McMillan.
Throughout the course, the first half of each seminar will look at an extract of published prose or poetry in order to get a strong feel for writing techniques—so vital to developing your own work. The second hour will consist of workshopping, where you will receive and gain constructive feedback on your own work. Feedback is invaluable to one’s growth as a writer, and so each student on the course will have the chance to present their own writing at least two times for critical comment in the workshops. The class will form a community of writers who respond sensitively and constructively to each individual’s work.
Why Study this Course?
On this course you will learn to:
• Read as a writer, and in so doing become attuned to important writing practices.
• Develop your understanding of writing techniques, and use them in your own work.
• Enhance your imagination by carrying out a series of innovative writing exercises.
• Develop a writer’s ear for words that ring false and those that sound true, which will in turn inform your capacity to self-edit.
• Learn about fiction and poetry publishing and how to get your work in print.
• Receive peer feedback on your own work at least twice, which will help with redrafting.
• Cultivate imaginative writing skills that can be transferred to other fields of work.
We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible.
Please note our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.
Starting date, Wednesday 8 Jan 2020
6.30-8.30pm | 10 weeks
Starting date, Saturday 14 Mar 2020
10-3pm | 5 weeks
Starting date, Wednesday 29 Apr 2020
6.30-8.30pm | 10 weeks
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