Dorset has a particularly rich literary history, something you’ll really be able to make the most of at AUB.
From the setting of two of Thomas Hardy’s most famous novels, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Tess of the D’Urbervilles; to the backdrop for Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventures; to the location for Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, Dorset has inspired writers for generations.
The county was home to Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson and Mary Shelley, who was buried in Bournemouth alongside her mother, the influential writer Mary Wollstonecraft.
The course will help you develop the skills to not only describe place and setting but to build emotional connections to the locations in which you write, employing your developing research and analytical skills to discuss how established writers across a variety of forms have undertaken similar creative endeavours.
Community Writing Groups
There’s also plenty happening in Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding area to help you find your voice.
Every month, there are opportunities offering spoken word, poetry, live art and music events. Open mic gives you the opportunity to test out your work on an audience, or you can simply listen to headline poets and guest artists perform.
LitUp! is Bournemouth and Poole’s online writing community, developing and celebrating the literary scene locally. The community hold regular meetings and networking events in the local area, giving you the chance to meet and socialise with fellow writers.
This course benefits from the expert input of professional poet, Andrew McMillan, who acted as a consultant and helped develop the poetry unit of the course.
Andrew’s debut poetry collection was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. He has also written as a journalist for The Guardian and The Independent and appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
Another consultant during the development stages of the course was award-winning children’s author, Ali Sparkes. Ali offered great advice about our mentorship scheme and bringing writers, agents and publishers to the course.
Ali has published over 40 books, and her novel Frozen In Time won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award, 2010.
You can find out more about Ali here.