Every day we meet people with interesting life stories. Everyone is exotic to someone else. Our lives are made up of tragic, uplifting and humorous experiences which shape us as individuals. We love, fight, apologise, account for and endure through whatever comes our way. These challenges are endlessly affecting, both for the people who experience them and the reader who knows them second hand. We shall explore how writers transform their own and others’ lives into exciting and innovative texts, so that we can create our own.
This course develops the skills and learning acquired on the current Writing Lives online course. This course differs in that it introduces topics, concepts and approaches which are commensurate with second year university/Level 5 study, further encouraging a high degree of individuality and innovation. It is recommended that students have considerable writing experience, a strong desire to embark on a sustained personal project, and advanced English-language skills. Students should also be prepared to write reflective critical commentary as part of the course requirements.