Creative Writing: Finding A Voice

Course information sheet

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Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Wednesday 15:15 - 17:15 10 MAC 01/05/2019 10/07/2019 HW3035

What will the course cover?

In this class we will explore a range of styles and genres of creative writing across fiction, autobiographical & life writing, creative non-fiction, screenwriting and poetry. The focus is on experimenting across different types of writing, so that students can start developing their own original writing voices.  You will develop creative ideas for writing across different forms. You will also develop writing craft and technique in areas such as characterisation, setting development, narrative shaping and creative language use.

Who is the course for?

People who would like to explore their writing skills over a range of creative writing forms across three terms; students can also take each term separately.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None required, apart from a competent standard of written and spoken English.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You will be confident incorporating a number of creative writing techniques into your own writing - such as characterization, narrative shaping and other techniques covered on the course. You should be more confident in your approach towards a number of different types of creative writing.  You should be able to critique writing techniques/craft in a variety of published work and in your own, and other student, writing.  You should have a wider knowledge of published writers. 

How is the course organised?

In structured sessions: we will look at ways of generating creative ideas for writing, examine published texts and writing technique, and complete short writing exercises in class and sometimes at home. There will also be feedback on and workshopping of written pieces. Students can take each term separately, or take the course across three terms.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Some writing exercises may be started in class and completed at home; reading from the booklist.

How will my progress be assessed?

Class discussion/workshopping of writing & individual tutorials 

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Further writing programmes in more specialist areas and/or more extended creative writing programmes at university level

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Pen and notepad  Hardcover notebook to use as a journal  Optional: Books from the booklist (buy according to interest), though a number of photocopied handouts are provided in class 

What support is available?

A support worker is available for any students with a physical disability.