The Character of Place
For creative writers who wish to explore the ways in which ‘place’ can be interpreted and presented in their own work, whatever discipline with which they are engaged. In its broadest sense, it can be the landscape – metropolitan, urban, rural, remote – or the place in which individuals find themselves at a specific time in their lives. As such, it is varied and compelling, integral to our existence within physical and emotional locations. This will be a highly practical exploration of a variety of sources and writing tasks.
Terms of endearment
The one about the anthropologist, sociologist and psychologist who talk into a pub.
The character of place
Place as character.
It’s a poem, it’s a story, no, wait, it’s super (insert own word here).
Planes, trains and automobiles.
In someone else’s skin
It’s all in a name and the name is Larry.
A place called Illness.
It’s a class thing
What does your father do?
“Wish you were here”.
Three score years and then…
RECAP. A place of greater safety?
All course texts will be provided by the tutor. They will include poetry, fiction, memoir, script.
Concessionary Fee (No Accomm., inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £680.00
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £790.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1375.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1155.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1480.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1245.00
Course fees vary depending on accommodation – please see ‘Fees’, below.
TutorJeremy Hughes has published two novels – Wingspan (2013) and Dovetail (2011). He was awarded first prize in the PoetryWales competition and was short-listed for an Eric Gregory Award. He also publishes short fiction, life writing and reviews. He studied for the Master’s in creative writing at Oxford.
This course aims to give students the confidence to write about place in a variety of different ways.
This course will enable students to:
- recognise the different notions of ‘place’
- demonstrate techniques by which these can be utilised individually or in combination
- produce writing through exercises designed to further students’ ability to hone their skills progressively.
All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.
By the end of this course students will be expected to understand:
- understand the different notions of place which contribute to creative texts
- recognise helpful resources
- recognise a variety of techniques for exploring place in text
And students will be expected to have gained and/or developed the following skills:
- demonstrate the use of appropriate ‘place’ elements in their own work
- utilise different resources
- be able to use some of these techniques with increased skill and confidence
Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.
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Terms and conditions
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Sources of funding
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