Creative Writing for Beginners

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

Taught by: Joanna Pocock.

Description

Have you ever wanted to know how the elements of fiction work? This beginners' class could be just the place to find out. Through in-class exercises and take-home assignments, you will explore the basic elements that constitute good writing and work towards creating clear, expressive and engaging prose. Plus, you will  begin to find your own voice and express yourself with clarity and conviction.

Topics covered

  • There will be discussions on technique, with particular emphasis on point of view, characterisation, dialogue, structure, and the process of editing.
  • The course has a strong workshop component, which will enable you to become comfortable with reading and sharing your work out loud and benefit from the feedback of your tutor and colleagues.

This is an unmissable opportunity if you want to take the first steps towards writing compelling fiction. Furthermore, the ability to think and express yourself with clarity will be valuable skills that you can apply to other areas and disciplines.

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

Level: Beginners


Tutor information

Joanna Pocock has a Masters in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her short story collection Blue Suburban Skies won the Peters, Fraser & Dunlop award for the best unpublished manuscript in the UK. In 2013 she was awarded an honourable mention in the Bath short story competition, and in 2012 she was shortlisted for the Mslexia short story competition and the Lightship International first novel award. Some of her stories have appeared in zines such as Riptide and Cooldog as well as in two anthologies of new writing: 'Love on the Road' and 'Good Reads'. She has been teaching creative writing at Central St Martins for fifteen years and has taught Life Writing at Roehampton University and Genre Fiction at Bath Spa University where some of her students have gone on to win substantial international awards. She also works as a freelance editor at Verso Books and her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, JSTOR Daily, Distinctly Montana, Litro and 3:AM.

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
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