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, as well as developing their own distinctive writing ‘voice’.
There will also be strong encouragement and guidance for those students who feel they would like to submit their work for either publication or competition entry.
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 – 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.
'Searching for the Original.’ Looking at the importance of ‘originality' in order to engage the reader/audience and the different methods with which this can be achieved – storyline, structure, time set, narration, etc. What creates the ‘wow’ factor, which makes us feel this is something ‘different’, and how ‘different’ can become ‘special’ – ‘The piece of writing you wished you’d written.’
WEEK 2 – ‘A New Look at the Fairy Story.’ Considering the importance of the fairytale in modern literature, and how it can be used to create new and challenging approaches, giving insight and often debate to contemporary subjects and situations.
WEEK 3 – ‘The Art of Inspiration.’ Looking at the various ways other areas of art can inspire the written word, and the importance this has in helping us to ‘paint’ and define our creative written images. How music can help the writing process and often provide the key starting point for a new piece of work.
WEEK 4 – ‘Writing What You Know.’ The importance of successfully understanding your subject/background when developing a piece of writing, and interpreting it effectively. Considering if it isn’t something you understand personally, how various methods of research can help the writer to achieve a well-defined and ‘believable’ piece of writing.
WEEK 5 – ‘Real events and historical moments.’ Considering the constant influence of the past upon the present, and how real-life events often create a strong creative basis for the writer. Looking at how and why major moments in history, such as the World Wars, have inspired countless writers and continue to do so.
WEEK 6 – ‘Too Much, Too Little.’ Learning the importance of when to ‘elaborate’ and when to ‘leave.’ Looking at the skills required in order to give enough information or detail to engage the reader, but not too much to make them ‘skip.’
WEEK 7 – ‘Finding the Voice.’ Looking at the importance of finding the right vocal projection and tone for your characters, together with the appropriate rhythm and language structure. Considering the use of dialect, and how to use it effectively in your work, and which ‘person’ to write in.
WEEK 8- ‘The Use of Quotes, Sayings and Poetry.’ How each of them can be used to inspire your work, as well as highlighting and confirming major themes and issues.
*Please note, the course content is developed each term. As such, the content may differ throughout the year.
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.