Search results - The Craft Of Writing
London Road Campus
|Dates||Tue 23 Apr to Tue 25 Jun 2013|
Time of meeting: 7.00-9.00pm
Number of meetings: 10
|Subject area(s)||Creative Writing|
|Application status||In progress - closed to new applications|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com.|
OverviewThis course offers all those interested in fiction, poetry or drama the chance to develop a personal style. In a creative and supportive atmosphere explore how to create and, most importantly, complete new writing.
DescriptionOver the ten weeks we will explore a wide range of fictional conventions (character, plot, theme, dialogue and narrative voice) with emphasis being given to exercises in class and the creation of a longer piece of work at home. A practical approach will also be taken to writing poetry, looking specifically at imagery, rhythm and form. How this can be applied to other writing forms such as novels and short stories will be looked at in detail. Basic dramatic techniques will also be explored. The close reading of published authors and how this can influence our writing will be central to the course. There will be plenty of opportunity to share writing and working methods.
Programme detailsWeek 1: Description and Evocation
Week 2: Viewpoint
Week 3: Genre
Week 4: Developing Style
Week 5: Tone and Atmosphere
Week 6: Narrative Voice
Week 7: Suspense
Week 8: Editing
Week 9: Reading as a Writer
Week 10: Where next?
Kowit, S, 'In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop', Atlantic Books, 2003
Earnshaw, S, ' The Handbook of Creative Writing', Edinburgh University Press, 2007
Mr Paul Bavister
Paul Bavister worked for Macmillan Publishers for many years and now teaches creative writing at Birkbeck College, London. He has published three...more
Course aimsCourse Aim:
To move from an early version, through editing, to a complete piece of new writing.
To explore structure and form in the development of initial ideas.
To work though a number of versions to explore the interelations between various wriitng conventions.
To appraise and edit work to create a final version.
Assessment methodsStudents will hand in initial ideas for a creative piece in week three. A final assigment will be handed in in week nine. Students should hand in a piece of fiction or life writing (approx.2-3000 words), or poetry (65 - 75 lines), or a dramatic piece (approx. 10 mins in production).
Teaching methodsPresentations from the tutor on creative writing topics
Practical writing exercises
Discussion of students' work in small groups
Analysis of published work
Ongoing projects with feedback from the tutor
Teaching outcomesBy the end of the course studentsw will be expected to:
Maintain a routine to ensure the completion of creative pieces.
Have a practical approach to writing drawing on experience and research.
Use editing techniques to enhance their work.
- Programme Fee
- Home/EU fee: £165.00
- Non-EU fee: £165.00