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Creative Writing with New Writing South
Select Tuesdays from October 2017


The Creative Writing Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project. Whether it is a novel or collection of short stories, autobiography or family history, your course tutors will teach you the writing techniques you need to complete your work, offer you focused written feedback and help you set realistic deadlines.

In your first year you will reflect on the sources and themes of your own writing: develop a greater understanding of your own creativity; learn how to create dynamic fictional characters; discover ways of enhancing the dramatic impact of your fiction and explore the different ways in which stories can be told. In the second year the focus will shift from short scenes to longer narratives: you will develop your understanding of plot, story structure and the ‘world of the story’; explore the complex relationship between characters, narrators and readers; discover the importance of theme, conflict and dramatic tension and gain further insights into language, technique and style.

Throughout the course you will continue to explore all aspects of characterisation: from the relationship between character and place, through to the revelation of character through dialogue and action and the ways in which it can be used to enhance dramatic or comic effect. You will be offered ways of enhancing your own creativity, of honing your critical and editing skills and of developing your eye for a good story. In the writing workshops, you will share, discuss and evaluate your work with the other writers in your writing group.

By the end of the two year programme you will have significantly increased your understanding of how to write good fiction, have developed a substantial body of work and have either finished your writing project or be in a position to bring it to completion.

The programme is delivered through weekly seminars in which you will develop your writing technique through practical exercises, readings, discussion of published work and group discussions led by your tutor on different aspects of the writing process. All our courses are supported by interactive learning sites where you can access seminar notes and exercises as well as a Writer’s Forum in which you can contact other writers in your group, share work and information about events and contact your tutor.

Over the course of the two-year programme you will work closely with two of our tutors. On each course you will be offered one-to-one tutorials and a Weekend School and at the end of the programme you will be given the opportunity to discuss your work with a publishing professional.

Select Tuesdays from October 2017

For more information about the course and to book a place, click here.

No formal qualifications required.

In partnership with New Writing South