Introduction to Creative Writing

A confidence-building introduction to imaginative and creative writing. This wide-ranging course covers fiction, poetry and autobiography, and will allow students to get started writing creatively through writing exercises, discussion and sharing their own work. In the Autumn, you will get started using your imagination and also writing from life. You will start to share your writing with other writers.

START DATE AND TIME:
Tue, 26th September 2017
1430 - 1630
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
CL021A
Full fee:
£105
Concessionary fee:*
£90

TUTOR:

Rachel Shorer

Address

Portslade Learning Centre, Boundary Road
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A confidence-building introduction to imaginative and creative writing. This wide-ranging course covers fiction, poetry and autobiography, and will allow students to get started writing creatively through writing exercises, discussion and sharing their own work. In the Autumn, you will get started using your imagination and also writing from life. You will start to share your writing with other writers.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • Discover and practice the building blocks of good writing, such as characterisation and setting.
  • Learn some poetic forms.
  • Learn about plot and begin to shape stories.
  • Use your life to fuel your fiction.
  • Edit your work to improve it.

  • COURSE CONTENT

    Topics covered will include creating characters and setting the scene. You’ll learn how to improve your writing through sharing and supportive, encouraging discussion. Any returning learners will extend and deepen their knowledge.


    TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

    We will learn from published authors, explore technical writing issues and do writing exercises. All classes will involve sharing and discussing learners’ own writing.


    COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    Suitable for students who have no previous writing experience.


    HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE

    Your progress will be regularly assessed and monitored by your tutor, taking into account class work and homework where appropriate. The tutor will provide informal, regular feedback throughout the course.


    EXTRA STUDY OR PRACTICE REQUIRED AT HOME

    Regular homework assignments will be set – these are optional and you will still get a lot from the course if your ability to write outside the class is limited.


    MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE

    A pen and notebook, though access to word processing is useful for a writer.


    WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

    Students may wish to progress to other Creative Writing courses offered by the college.

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