This ten-week course has been designed for both new and previous students to further develop their writing skills in a variety of areas/genres, and to consider the importance of originality both within their own work - and that of other published authors - for creative success.
This experience is for adults aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements - all you need is enthusiasm and a keen interest in literature!
Week 1 – ‘Deeper and Darker’ (1) – looking at the darker edge of society/political influence/human nature, and its past and present role in stretching and moving the boundaries both within literature and outside the written page. We explore if there is a limit to how far the writer can go (or should go), and if writing can often be considered as a debating area for change?
Week 2 – ‘Deeper and Darker’ (2) – further developing the deeper/darker theme, and discussing works, either classic or contemporary, that have inspired us, and the reasons for their success. Does today’s writing reflect a more ‘open’ contemporary society, or are the deeper areas just as deep, but just different?
Week 3 - ‘Fairy-tales’ – what is their timeless appeal, and are they actually an ‘inversion’ of life? We look at popular fairy-tale themes and how they can be developed/moved into contemporary literature.
Week 4 – ‘From Red Riding Hood to The Big Bad Wolf’ – looking at classic fairy-tale characters, and who they represent. How can we transform these stereotypical stock characters into contemporary images that can entertain and inform.
Week 5 – ‘Mixing Fact with Fiction’ – covering the real life events/characters that inspire us, and how we can successfully link them together. We look at the importance of good detailed research and finding new ways to deliver a well-known theme/story.
Week 6 – ‘Looking for a new setting/backdrop’ – examining the importance of an original location, and how it can help inspire new ideas/characters. We consider a visual medium of writing and how the creative portrayal of a setting can bring a new concept to the written text.
Week 7 – ‘Creating a Three-Dimensional Character’ – what makes us relate to/believe in a character. We look at areas of weakness in construction that fail to suspend our disbelief, or leave us needing/wanting more in order to fully engage with them.
Week 8 – 'The Art of the Playella’ – writing a play in 12 lines, and how it can help us to focus our ideas, existing as a text in its own right and also as a springboard for a longer, more detailed playscript.
Week 9 - ‘The Art of Extending’ - using the economy of the Playella and its precise focus to centre meaning and intention for developing a short play. We compare the ‘feelings’ and structure within both, and consider if they remain faithful to each other, and are both equally effective in telling the same ‘story’.
Week 10 – ‘Redrafting for Submission’ – considering the most suitable piece of work for submission, and the reasons for your choice. What do you feel is original about your work, and what issues/themes does it raise in contemporary society?
You will workshop your writing with other members of the group and receive and supply constructive, kind notes for improvement. You may submit writing for the workshop sessions anonymously if you so wish.
You just need a pen and paper or a laptop.
New playwriting courses will be available throughout 2017.