Creative Writing for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to know how the elements of fiction work? Then this beginners' class could be just the place to find out. Through the use of in-class exercises and take-home assignments, this course focuses on the basic elements that constitute good writing...

Taught by: Joanna Pocock.

Description

Have you ever wanted to know how the elements of fiction work? Then this beginners' class could be just the place to find out. Through the use of in-class exercises and take-home assignments, this course focuses on the basic elements that constitute good writing. Each student will work towards creating clear, expressive and engaging prose.

Topics covered

There will be a strong workshop component, which will enable students to become comfortable reading and sharing their work out loud as well as benefiting from valuable feedback.

The goal of this course is to help students begin finding their voice and be able to express it with clarity and conviction.

There will be discussions on technique, with particular emphasis on point of view, characterisation, dialogue, structure, and the process of editing.

Not only will this course help with the skills needed to write compelling fiction, it will aid with clear thinking and clear expression in other areas and disciplines.

Entry requirements: None apart from an interest in developing creative writing skills

Level: Beginners


Tutor information

Joanna Pocock graduated with an Honours degree from the Creative Writing Masters programme at Bath Spa University. She was shortlisted for the Mslexia 2012 short story competition, and the Lightship 2012 first novel prize. Her stories have appeared in zines and small press publications such as Riptide and Cooldog. In 2010 she won joint first place in the Segora Short Story Competition, which she went on to judge in 2011. She has been teaching at Central Saint Martins since 1999 and has taught Life Writing at Roehampton University and Genre Fiction at Bath Spa University. When she isn't writing she works as a copy-editor for a variety of publishers and runs writing workshops around London.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first lesson:

  • Your favourite book
  • Pen or pencil and paper

It would also be helpful to bring some form of binder as there will be handouts each week.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
27/09/2016 - 29/11/2016Tuesdays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£545Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket
10/01/2017 - 14/03/2017Tuesdays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£545Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket
18/04/2017 - 20/06/2017Tuesdays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£545Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket