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Creative Writing: Tall Stories

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Course description

A colourful and dynamic five-day creative writing course, led by author Jane Hankin exploring the craft of making, writing and telling stories. Participants will press and tread and squeeze out living, conflicted characters, struggles, situations, worlds, interruptions, into frothy, juicy story smoothies. Perfect for a range of abilities; beginners, curious newcomers to creative writing, budding filmmakers, and artists — all those who use story in their work. Each day will be full of different exercises to free up thinking, to progress you as a storyteller and writer. We'll also look at a range of short stories (both classical and contemporary) as examples and inspiration. A small task will be set at the end of each day which participants will share at the beginning of the following session. Participants will take away a portfolio of writing covering a range of themes and formats.

Example course structure

  • Day 1 — Making the familiar strange
    Finding and catching stories in the most unlikely places.
  • Day 2 —Character
    How to create characters that can live off the page.
  • Day 3 — Conflict
    Secrets and lies and turning the screw.
  • Day 4 — Strangers and journeys
    Structure, narrative, and story-worlds.
  • Day 5 — Short story workshop
    Let's share our work!

What to bring

A basic list will be sent to you a week in advance of the course start date. All other materials are provided by Kingston School of Art (KSA)

Course tutor

This course is taught by author and co founder of Blowfish books, Jane Hankin.

Booking information

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The standard course fee is indicated at the top of this page. If a course has any discounted fees available (e.g. for early-bird booking, alumni or students) these will be clearly outlined on the booking website.

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Please contact us for further information and future dates of this course.

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