Creative Writing Courses

On-line

Writing Fiction: Finding your editor within [1 of 5]

Wednesday 7th April 2021. 1pm until 3pm BST [12:00 until 14:00 UTC]

This is the first in a series of five sessions dedicated to editing and rewriting.  Here, we will consider the ‘cooling-off period’, before beginning to practise changing, correcting, adding, deleting, substituting and polishing as part of our rewriting.  

Writing Fiction: Showing & Telling [individual session]

Thursday 8th April 2021.

7pm until 9pm BST [18:00 until 20:00 UTC]

We’ve all heard the advice ‘show don’t tell’, but what exactly does it mean?  Though essentially it’s about allowing the reader to inhabit the world of the protagonist and experience it as fully as possible, it is also important to know when to tell rather than show.  In this workshop we will consider when to show and when to tell, as both are essential to good prose.

Returning to your writing: When and how? [2 of 5]

Wednesday 28th April 2021. 1pm until 3pm BST [12:00 until 14:00 UTC]

In the second of our editing series we will decide upon the point at which we ought to return to our first drafts, as we make the metamorphosis from writer to editor.  We will look also at the need to preserve a history of significant changes, and ask if the pen is mightier than the PC.

Writing Fiction: Dialogue [individual session]

Thursday 29th April 2021.

7pm until 9pm BST [18:00 until 20:00 UTC]

There are few thing more infuriating than stilted and implausible dialogue, especially if the rest of the story is so tight and wrought.  This session will explore what makes bad dialogue (the traps to avoid) and then what makes convincing and authentic dialogue, thereby enriching our writing further.

Writing Fiction: Editing Practice [3 of 5]

Wednesday 12th May 2021. 1pm until 3pm BST [12:00 until 14:00 UTC]

In the third session of our series we are going to practise not only what we have learned thus far, but also what we learn from our readings of Jenny Newman, David Lodge and Ursula Le Guin.  Our particular focus will be on meaning, character, repetition and cutting.

Writing Fiction: Symbolism [individual session]

Thursday 13th May 2021.

7pm until 9pm BST [18:00 until 20:00 UTC]

Symbols are the nouns we often pass over without much thought.  An egg for breakfast, the moon at night or a bicycle pump beneath a tree.  But these are not unconsidered descriptions, they are precisely chosen details which give greater resonance to the text as a whole.  This workshop will explore how symbolism can enrich our writing.

Writing Fiction: Final editing [4 of 5]

Wednesday 26th May 2021. 1pm until 3pm BST [12:00 until 14:00 UTC]

The fourth of the five sessions on editing will focus on how to properly layout our text, ensure that our dialogue is furthering the plot but not compensating for it, and, very importantly, correcting our punctuation and grammar. 

Writing Fiction: The Title [individual session]

Thursday 27th May 2021.

7pm until 9pm BST [18:00 until 20:00 UTC]

Titles are tricky things.  Somehow, we know intuitively when confronted by a good title (Hemingway is a master of titles), just as we sigh when we’re presented with a dud (it would be mean to mention anyone here).   This session will investigate some strong titles and get behind what makes them work.  Equipped with this understanding, we too can create good titles. 

Writing Fiction: Workshops and editors [5 of 5]

Wednesday 9th June 2021. 1pm until 3pm BST [12:00 until 14:00 UTC]

In the last of our editing series we will begin by looking at the key ingredients to create a successful writers’ workshop, which can be a great opportunity to learn a lot about our work.  Finally, we will consider what criteria to use when choosing an editor (should they be a friendly critic or a critical friend?) as we prepare for the next stage: getting our work out there!