Creative Writing

This course is for anyone who would like to 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. 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 will include in-class writing, exploration of extracts from published stories and novels, and optional sharing of your own work. This is a great way to muster your creative potential, heighten your appreciation of everyday life, and gain new perspective on reading and literature. You will come away with a collection of habits, hints and hacks, and exercises that you can use far beyond the eight-week class.

Previous students have gone on to have stories accepted for publication, create a writing critique group, publish their own anthology, and embark on creative writing degrees.

Valija Evalds has a PhD in art history from Yale University. She’s lectured in architectural history, the history of dress, medieval art, and the history of illustrated books for children. In 2016 she received an MA with distinction in Creative Writing For Young People. Her first children’s book, Granny Magic, was published by Chicken House in 2019.

Please note there will be no lesson the week of half term. Please follow this link for term dates

25th September 2024 : Creative Writing

Start Date : Wed 25th Sep 2024
Time : 18:00 - 20:00
Location : Cirencester College
Duration : 8 weeks
Spaces : 5
Code : 09/24_CRE_8W_WV
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What topics are covered?

Finding and cultivating ideas, story-building and plot, character development, choosing point of view, language and dialogue, mood and setting, style and revision.

How will I learn?

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

What do I need to bring?

Student’s will be expected to bring writing equipment – whether this is in the pen and paper format or a digital device to type with.

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