Creative Writing Courses

On-line

Writing Fiction: Introductory Session 

Thursday 15th October 2020. 18:00 until 20:00 GMT [7pm until 9pm BST]

The first of the workshops is designed to get you writing.  It will help you to mine the limitless stories you will already have, as well as discovering other methods of stimulating your creativity.  Subsequent sessions will include developing character, establishing setting, structure and plot, as well as point of view.  All of which are designed to help you develop the craft of writing.

Writing Fiction: Beginning

Wednesday 28th October 2020. 13:00 until 15:00 GMT [1pm until 3pm BST]

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.”  This famous opening from Kaka’s short story ‘Metamorphosis’, is an excellent example of a beginning.  This workshop will help you think of ways to pull the reader into your story.

Writing Fiction: Choosing a Point of View 

Thursday 29th October 2020. 19:00 until 21:00 UTC [7pm until 9pm GMT]

Every story is told from one person’s point of view, and every person’s view is different.  Making the choice about which point of view to use can have an enormous impact on your story. In this workshop we will find out who will tell your story, which we will achieve by considering the limitations and advantages of the choices available to us.

Writing Fiction: Middle

Wednesday 4th November 2020. 13:00 until 15:00 GMT [1pm until 3pm BST]

Writing the middle of a story can be infuriating.  One can write oneself into a corner, the only option seeming like an improbable deus ex machina, lowering itself from heaven to save the plot.  This workshop will guide you round such travails, resulting in a structure not salient but seamless.  

Writing Fiction: Ending

Wednesday 25th November 2020. 13:00 until 15:00 GMT [1pm until 3pm BST]

The end of a telling ought not to be wrapped in a pink scented bow, nor should it result in a tempest of tears, it should merely hint at both.  One need not tell one’s reader what to take away from a story, but rather give them enough to consider the outcome themselves.  This workshop will help you write thought provoking rather than forgotten-in-an-instant endings.

Writing Fiction: Setting the Scene

Thursday 26th November 2020. 19:00 until 21:00 UCT [7pm until 9pm GMT]

One of the best ways to reveal character is though the places they inhabit and the things that they own.  Setting is not just the scenery against which a significant event takes place, it helps create heritage, culture and identity.  This workshop will help you to create a setting that reveals integral parts of your character’s persona.  

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