Writing Family Histories and Historical Fiction

This is a course for anyone with an interest in writing about the past. You might have an idea for a novel set in a particular historical period, want to write about family history, or simply want to explore writing within this genre. All classes will involve sharing and discussing learners’ own writing and will be suitable for both beginners and experienced writers. In the Autumn term we’ll explore some of the key issues relating to writing about the past, including research and authenticity.

START DATE AND TIME:
Fri, 29th September 2017
0930 - 1130
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
CL051A
Full fee:
£105
Concessionary fee:*
£90

TUTOR:

Rachel Shorer

Address

Portslade Learning Centre, Boundary Road
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This is a course for anyone with an interest in writing about the past. You might have an idea for a novel set in a particular historical period, want to write about family history, or simply want to explore writing within this genre. All classes will involve sharing and discussing learners’ own writing and will be suitable for both beginners and experienced writers. In the Autumn term we’ll explore some of the key issues relating to writing about the past, including research and authenticity.

COURSE CONTENT

A wide ranging and imaginative course covering fiction, non-fiction and biography that will allow students to explore their own writing in greater depth.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • Learn how to research your historical period and how to make use of research in your writing.
  • Bring a historical setting to life for readers through world building.
  • Explore how to use language to create a sense of a historical period.
  • Create characters by considering how their mindset would be influenced by the period in which they lived.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

Writing exercises.
Handouts of techniques.
Discussion of published literature and what makes good writing.
Small group and whole class discussion.
Sharing work in progress.
Optional reading and writing assignment.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Suitable for students who have no previous writing experience or who have been writing on their own for some time and are keen to join with other writers in a supportive and encouraging environment.


HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE

Your progress will be regularly assessed and monitored by your tutor taking into account classwork and homework where appropriate. The tutor will provide informal, regular feedback throughout the course and written feedback on one piece of work to be agreed with each student.


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 – but 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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