CREATIVE WRITING COURSE June 2019
(Tutor – Tina Jay)
‘Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality.
It's a way of understanding it.’
The aim of the 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.
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 with 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 – ‘Flash Fiction’ and ‘The Mini-Saga’ – Maxi to Mini – taking ‘big ideas’ and the art of making them into small ‘masterpieces’. Using these shorter writing styles to help to focus and structure our ideas, and to highlight the key themes and intentions of our work, whilst considering 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 other forms of writing. Considering poetry as an ‘economical’ way of writing, and a ‘way into’ developing other writing forms. Also considering the poetic ‘rhythm' within a piece of prose, and how prose can ‘become’ a piece of poetry.
Week 7 – ‘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.
Week 8 – ‘Writing for TV’ – looking at new original ideas for the TV market, and opportunities available and open for submission. The importance of ‘professionally’ formatting work, moving through the initial synopsis, treatment, scene by scene, to completing the full script.
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.
Further creative writing courses and workshops are running throughout the year.