‘I write because I have secrets no-one else knows’. Tony Jordan.
The aim of this course is to help both the beginner and the more advanced writer to develop and improve their writing skills in a range of different areas, including short story writing, poetry, playwriting, structural planning and writing of a novel. Varied exercises and stimuli will be used to aid the creative process, helping students to build on imaginative ideas and to discover new approaches to their work.
This experience is for adults aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements - all you need is enthusiasm and a keen interest in literature!
Week 1 – Getting Started – the need/inspiration to write. An introductory session, enabling students to get to know each other, and their individual writing needs and interests, as they start to share their work within a workshop environment.
‘Creating a Sense of Place’ – the importance of creating the right environment/backdrop for your characters. Finding a ‘way into’ your writing through a well-defined and created space, whether a real location or a fantasy setting. Considering the importance of effectively connecting characters to ‘place’.
Week 2 – Creating Characters – looking at character development. Selecting appropriate lead characters and considering the importance of their development against both their environment and their relationship with others. Looking at what inspires us to write a ‘realistic/believable’ character, and the importance of achieving this both in dialogue and description. (A short introductory session for those who also wish to attend the one-day workshop on Character Development - 4th November 2017.)
Week 3 – The Importance of the First Page – leading the reader in. Looking at favourite and inspirational works by published authors. Considering what makes us ‘want to read on’, and how the important ‘hook’ is created. Students will be working on creating their own ‘first page’ as an introduction for either a short-story or a full-length novel.
Week 4 – ‘Keeping It Short’ – working on the styles and techniques required for the art of Short Story Writing. The similarities to and differences from writing a full-length novel, and the challenges that writing the successful short story can bring. Information will be given on a variety of short story competitions, for those who are interested in submitting work.
Week 5 – ‘Less Is More’ and ‘A Different Viewpoint’ – continuing to work on the development of Short Story Writing, and the importance of redrafting. Looking at developing a new idea or looking at something from a different viewpoint to ‘grab’ the reader’s attention. Considering the art of the mini-saga, and how few words are really needed to tell a ‘good story’.
Week 6 – ‘Working with Lines’ - looking at how poetry can work both within a poetry collection and alongside other forms of writing. Considering poetry as an ‘economical’ way of writing, and a ‘way into’ developing other writing forms.
Week 7 - Creating A Synopsis - looking at the importance of being able to create a well-constructed and information synopsis for your work, and one which will inspire and encourage the reader to look at the ‘full story’. Using a synopsis to create an idea for a full-length novel. (Students may wish to develop their work from Week 3, or select a completely new idea.) Looking at what inspired/drove you to create the piece, and how to convey that effectively in a short paragraph.
Week 8 – ‘Starting A Play’ – How to begin working on a play, and the importance of character development. Looking at contemporary ideas/themes for the modern day stage and what brings a play ‘to life.’ Considering the differences between writing a novel and a play, and how one may be adapted into another.
*Please note, this course is developed each term. As such, the content may differ throughout the year. Please contact us if you have any questions.
You will workshop your writing with other members of the group and receive and supply constructive, kind notes for improvement. You may submit writing for the workshop sessions anonymously if you so wish.
You just need pen and paper or a laptop.
Why not join us on Saturday 4th November for our Creative Writing Character Development workshop?