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Creative Writing For Beginners

Creative Writing For Beginners

College
Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Joanna Pocock

Description


Have you ever wanted to know how the elements of prose work? What makes for compelling writing and what leaves readers out in the cold? And what are the best strategies for getting published? 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 encourage you to dust off those unfinished short stories or dive into something completely new. By the end of these ten weeks students will not only have some wonderful pieces of writing under their belts but also lots of practical advice and notes on how to get their work out into the world. The focus will be firmly on fiction (short stories and longer prose) as well as narrative non-fiction (memoir and essays).

This course will enable students to flex their writing muscles and find their writing voices in a fun, focused 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 Description


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. Her short stories have won prizes and been anthologised in 'Love on the Road' (Malinki Press) and 'Good Reads' (Hearst Publishing). Her non-fiction has appeared in a variety of publications in the US and the UK, such as The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Independent, Good Housekeeping, Orion Magazine, Dark Mountain, Distinctly Montana, Mslexia, Litro, The Tahoma Literary Review and 3:AM, among others. She has been teaching creative writing at Central Saint Martins for over 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. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Barry Lopez Narrative Non-Fiction Award and in 2018 she won the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize. Her book-length essay ‘Surrender’ is scheduled to be published in 2019 by Fitzcarraldo. She has lived in Canada, the US and the UK and brings a global perspective to her writing and teaching.

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.

Available dates