What is meant by ‘creative writing’? Will I be any good at it? These two questions are our common starting point in this introductory course designed to teach you a few useful craft skills, ranging from getting a workable idea to adopting a point of view, to understanding how genre influences plot, character and style.
Experience the pleasure of sharing your work, and learn how you can improve your writing style with judicious editing. This class offers a supportive friendly atmosphere for those wanting to’ give it a go’.
Bring a laptop (or a pen and a notebook) and try out various writing styles and forms in a fun few hours that will prepare you to continue your writing journey.
Your writer’s voice- what is it, how do you access it?
The difference between raw and created voice. How your writer’s voice is unique.
Are there rules and formulas for writers?
Common misunderstandings about what writers need to do and not do
Claiming your territory as a writer
What matters to you and how this can inform your subject matter and give it narrative drive
Plot and character: what is their relationship?
How different genres and reader expectation affect the relationship between plot and character. Common narrative structures, using character to develop plot.
Exploring viewpoint: a powerful way to connect with the reader.
The differences between various points of view and how those choices affect your reader.
Common stylistic mistakes: how to recognize and avoid them
Purple prose, clichés, wooden dialogue, clunky exposition.
Self-editing: improve your style and clarify your intentions
Three kinds of editing, seeking outside feed-back, finding out about further community writing support
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- have a better understanding of what is meant by creative writing
- identify genres they wish to study and practice further
Who should attend?
This course is designed for anyone who wants to write and is looking explore new writing ideas.