Spring term: Monday 11 January – Monday 15 March 2021
10 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00
You may have already completed our introductory course or are already comfortable with the subject, this intermediate creative writing course will allow you to explore specific writing techniques which help build a bridge between the beginner and the more experienced writer. The course will help you work on your own fiction writing, be it short stories, life writing, novels of any genre, children’s fiction or plays.
The course provides the opportunity to develop your characters and characterisation skills, exploring where and how to manage pace, plot and story line. You will learn to decide what has to stay and what can go. Example passages from different periods and genres will help you to consider changing dialogue conventions and look at how to bring a setting to life with economy and force.
Your tutor will suggest deadlines to keep you progressing between classes and give realistic advice on ways to find an agent, if that’s what you’re after, and get published.
You’ll be encouraged to write a minimum of 2000 words each week within a framework that makes sense.
The creative impulse is very much an element of this learning experience, where you will be encouraged to maintain a healthy imagination and receive ongoing support at all stages.
With essential advice and tips from your tutor, you will examine how other writers achieve their goals to support your development and understanding.
THE COURSE INCLUDES
- Further reading advice
- Advice on contacting agents
- Information on competitions and publication
- Editorial feedback by agreement
The course aims to:
- Cover topics such as characterisation and plotting with discussion of other principles of fiction
- Provide tasks each session in which to practice and consolidate your understanding. Students are walked through each process to completion
- Practical – The students are expected, with support from the tutor, to gain independence within each category taught
Course Outcomes and Assessment
- The goal of this course is to provide the student advanced understanding and knowledge to work on their own fiction writing, be it short stories, life writing, novels of any genre, children’s fiction or plays
- All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours
This course assumes students have completed the ‘Creative Writing – An Introduction (Stage 1)’ short course, or possesses previous knowledge and experience.
What You Need To Bring
A laptop is recommended for note taking purposes.
All additional course materials are included in the course fee.