Creative Writing for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to know how the elements of fiction work? What makes for compelling prose and what leaves readers out in the cold? This beginners' creative writing class is just the place to find out! Through in-class exercises, take-home assignments, readings, workshopping and plenty of constructive feedback, you will explore the basic elements that will set you on course for dusting off those unfinished short stories or that novel hidden away in your drawer...

Taught by: Joanna Pocock.

Description

Have you ever wanted to know how the elements of fiction work? What makes for compelling prose and what leaves readers out in the cold? This beginners' creative writing class is just the place to find out!

Through in-class exercises, take-home assignments, readings, workshopping and plenty of constructive feedback, you will explore the basic elements that will set you on course for dusting off those unfinished short stories or that novel hidden away in your drawer. By the end of these ten weeks students will not only have some wonderful pieces of writing under their belts but also some practical guidance of how to get them published.

This course will enable students to flex their writing muscles, find their writing voices in a fun and supportive environment. This is the perfect class in which to dip your toe and test the writing waters. 

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 students to become comfortable with reading and sharing work
  • Students will benefit from feedback from both the tutor and colleagues

This is an unmissable opportunity if you want to take the first steps towards writing compelling and successful fiction. 

Entry requirements: None apart from an interest in developing creative writing skills and a very good command of the English language.

Level:
Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older


Tutor information

Joanna Pocock graduated with distinction from the Masters in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her short story collection Blue Suburban Skies won the Peters, Fraser & Dunlop award for the best manuscript to come out of a Masters degree 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 been anthologised in 'Love on the Road' and 'Good Reads'. She has been teaching creative writing at Central Saint Martins for fifteen years and has taught Genre Fiction at Bath Spa University and Life Writing at Roehampton University, where some of her students have gone on to win substantial international awards. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications such as The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Independent, The Dark Mountain blog, Distinctly Montana, Mslexia, Litro, The Tahoma Literay Review and 3:AM among others.

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
09/01/2018 - 13/03/2018Tuesdays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£545Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
17/04/2018 - 03/07/2018Tuesdays - NO CLASS ON 22 MAY & 19 JUNE18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£545Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket