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Creative Writing for Beginners Short Course

Date Attendance Time Course fee Location Action
24/01/17 – 28/03/17 Tuesday evenings, 10 weeks 18.30 – 20.30 £280 Penrhyn Road campus Book now
18/04/17 – 20/06/17 Tuesday evenings, 10 weeks 18.30 – 20.30 £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. We will focus on a different aspect of the creative writing process every week, such as character, plot, place, point of view and voice, and you will do writing exercises in class and at home. By the end of the 10-week course, you will have produced a short story or a section from a novel, which you will receive feedback on from your tutor and peers.

Course description

The first half of the course will explore different ways of generating ideas while focusing on the two essential elements of fiction: character and plot. There will be writing exercises in class and we will look at relevant excerpts from novels, short stories and creative writing handbooks.

The second half of the course will continue to examine a further aspect of the craft each week and will introduce the process of 'workshopping', where writers read and give constructive feedback on each others' writing. This encourages you to view your own work as a reader rather than as a writer and helps enormously with the editing and revising stages. Your tutor will give you written feedback on your redrafted story or section of novel in the final week of the course.

  • Week 1: Generating ideas, writers' routines and automatic writing
  • Week 2: Character – characters in literature and observation journals
  • Week 3: Character continued – using magazine and newspaper stories and interrogating your character
  • Week 4: Plot and structure – writing from experience and memory
  • Week 5: Plot and structure continued – diagnosing your story's plot
  • Week 6: Showing not telling workshop
  • Week 7: Place workshop
  • Week 8: Point of view workshop
  • Week 9: Voice workshop
  • Week 10: Style, revising and editing; carrying on and getting published

Course tutor

Priscilla Morris

Priscilla Morris has an MA with Distinction and a PhD in Creative Writing from the renowned School of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She has taught creative writing and 20th-century literature at UEA for the past three years. Before that she taught English as a foreign language in England, Spain and Brazil. She read Italian, Spanish and social anthropology at Cambridge University.

Priscilla is an emerging writer in residence at Kingston University and is currently finishing her first novel, which is about love, war, art and loss. It is set during the 1990s siege of Sarajevo.

If you have any questions, please email Priscilla Morris.

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