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Creative Writing for Beginners Evening Short Course

Date Attendance Time Duration Course fee Location Action
24/01/18 – 04/04/18 Wednesdays evenings 18.30 – 20.30 11 Weeks (including one week for half term) £280 Penrhyn Road campus Book now

Course information

Why do this course?

The aim of this course is to generate ideas and get you writing.

Course description

This course is designed for those of us who have always wanted to write but who may need some mutual encouragement in a safe setting to get going. We will cover a different topic every week and allow time for peer review and individual feedback throughout the course.

  • Week 1: Introduction; character
  • Week 2: Generating ideas
  • Week 3: Experience and imagination; finding the voice
  • Week 4: Character (2) and plotting
  • Week 5: Character (3) and plotting
  • Week 6: Show AND tell
  • Week 7: Aspects of structure
  • Week 8: Time and place/description
  • Week 9: More thoughts on style and voice
  • Week 10: Synopses/planning documents, and next steps

What will you take away?

You'll be given a dossier of short stories and novel excerpts at the start of the course.

Prerequisites

This course is ideal for those completely new to writing.

Course tutor

Martin Ouvry

Martin Ouvry worked as a musician in Europe and America before studying English and Creative Writing at UEA. His fiction has been published in various anthologies and magazines, among them New Writing, A Little Nest of Pedagogues (in dual English and Chinese texts), The London Magazine and Esquire. His story 'Forget-Me-Not' was longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines. His play, 'Shakespeare: the Puppet Show', ran throughout the V&A's Shakespeare Festival in April 2014. Awards include a final year prize for outstanding achievement (UEA, BA), the Alumni Association Prize for Fiction (UEA, MA), an Arts Council Writer's Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Wingate Scholarship. Martin has taught creative writing for the Arts Council England, the British Council, Kingston University, City, University of London, and UEA. He has reviewed books for the Sunday Times, the FT and the Observer. He is writing a novel with the generous support of Arts Council England.

'I would struggle to find a writer of comparable talent in Martin's generation.' Lee Brackstone, Creative Director, Faber & Faber

If you have any questions, please email shortcourses@kingston.ac.uk.

What to bring

A notebook and pencil.

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