Want to explore your creativity or unlock your underlying passion for prose and poetry?
Study in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature – the place where literature, quite simply, is happening right now. Experiment with prose fiction and poetry and explore your creativity, while being guided in the craft and technical elements of creative writing.
You will undertake a number of in-class exercises based on objects, handouts, discussion and visualisation, as well as being asked to write about ‘what you know’, drawing on notebooks, memory, family stories, and sensory impressions.
In both prose and poetry you will concentrate initially on generating material. In prose, students will go on to look at character, dialogue, point-of-view, ‘showing’ vs. ‘telling’, plotting, etc. In poetry, you will begin to explore the possibilities of pattern and form, sound, voice, imagery, and ‘making strange’.
You will study the work of established authors and gain the skills essential to becoming a writer, including writing in drafts and reading as a writer. You should equip yourself with a notebook for everyday use, and expect to complete exercises in your own time, and be prepared to read your work in class.
You will finish the course by writing, editing and publishing a literary magazine for the end of summer finale celebrations.