Creative Writing

Term 1:

This course is for anyone who would like try creative writing; anyone who has tried it before but needs some inspiration or structure; and anyone who already writes but would like to improve their skills. It aims to dispel the mystique that surrounds writing, using a practical approach. We will explore memory, setting and the use of the senses; character and voice; ways to win and sustain your reader’s interest; and how to mobilise and enrich your writing practice. Class meetings last two hours and will include analysis of published extracts, in-class writing, and optional sharing of your own work. You will come away with a collection of habits, hints and hacks, and exercises that you can use far beyond the eight-week class.

Term 2 and Term 3:

This course is for anyone who has tried creative writing and would like to carry it further; anyone who already writes but needs some inspiration or structure; and anyone who would like to improve their writing skills. It aims to dispel the mystique that surrounds writing, using a practical approach. We will explore character development and voice; plot and structure; pace and style; revision and editing; and how to enrich and sustain your writing practice. Class meetings last two hours and will include in-class writing exercises, discussion of readings, and (optional) ‘workshopping’ of your own writing. You will come away with a collection of habits, hints and hacks, and exercises that you can use far beyond the eight-week class.

Start Date : Wed 21st Sep 2022
Time : 18:00 - 20:00
Location : Cirencester College
Duration : 8 Weeks
Spaces : 10
Code : 09/22_CRE_8W_WR
£108
Term 1

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What topics are covered?

Term 1:

Finding ideas and cultivating inspiration, mood and setting, point of view, language and dialogue, how to show rather than tell, pace and ‘info dump,’ character development, and how to sustain creative practice.

Term 2 & 3

Character, plot and structure, internal vs. external journeys, pace, showing vs. telling, and inspiration vs. planning

How will I learn?

Term 1:

In-class writing exercises, analyzing excerpts from novels and short stories, optional sharing of their own pieces.

Term 2 & 3:

In-class writing exercises, discussion of readings, and optional ‘workshopping’ of students’ own writing.

What do I need to bring?

A notebook and a pen. Or a tablet if you would prefer.

What else do i need to know?

Please note there will be an additional cost for a book, we can often buy these with an educational discount but you are welcome to source them on your own if you would like them before the first day of term

Term 1:

Andrew Cowan, The Art of Writing Fiction (Routledge, 2011)

Term 2 & 3:

John Yorke, Into the Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them. Penguin, 2013.

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