Search results - Life Writing
London Road Campus
|Dates||Thu 4 Oct to Thu 6 Dec 2012|
Time of meeting: 7.00-9.00pm
Number of meetings: 10
|Subject area(s)||Creative Writing|
|Application status||Course ended|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
OverviewTake this opportunity to give structure and meaning to real life events. Taking a practical approach to writing autobiography, biography and travel writing this course will explore how to move on from ideas to a completed work.
DescriptionTaking a practical approach to the creation of autobiography, biography and travel writing this course will explore the central issues that both energize and slow down our writing. The roles of note taking, research and keeping a diary will be looked at in detail. The tensions created by memory, forgetting and the need to conjecture around half known events will be explored in writing exercises. How to structure your work and present it for publication will be detailed throughout. Sustaining your writing long after the course has finished will be a central aim.
Programme detailsWeek 1: Finding a form
Week 2: Memory
Week 3: Suspense
Week 4: Significant Objects
Week 5: Significant Places
Week 6: Research and Filling in the Gaps
Week 7: Tone
Week 8: Editing
Week 9: New Directions
Week 10: Keeping Going
Schneider, M and Killick, J, Writing for Self-Discovery (Vega, 2002)
Haslam, S and Neale, D, Life Writing (Routledge, 2009)
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 notes, through early versions, to a complete work.
To set up a routine of note taking
To use notes and diaries to create rough scenes and character outlines
To consider structure, narrative voice and viewpoint in completing a longer piece of writing
Assessment methodsStudents will hand in initial ideas for a creative piece in week three. A final assigment will be handed in in week 19. Students should hand in a piece of fiction or life writing (approx. 3000 words), or poetry (65 - 75 lines).
Teaching methodsPresentations from the tutor
Practical writing exercises
Discussion of students' work in small groups
Feedback from the tutor
Teaching outcomesBy the end of the course students may be expected to:
1. Maintain a routine to create new work
2. Consider all the writing conventions when writing
3. Edit to create a desired effect.
- Programme Fee
- Home/EU fee: £165.00
- Non-EU fee: £165.00