The aim of the course is for both new and returning students to develop their writing skills using a variety of stimuli and written forms to explore their creative ideas, whilst promoting the development of their own distinctive writing ‘voice.’
There will also be encouragement and guidance for those students who feel they would like to submit their work for either publication, or competition entry.
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 – ‘Searching for the Original.’ Looking at the importance of ‘originality’, in order to engage the reader/audience, and the different methods this can be achieved – storyline, structure, time set, narration, etc. What creates the ‘Wow’ factor, which makes us feel this is something ‘different’, and how ‘different’ can become ‘special’ – ‘The piece of writing you wished you’d written.’
WEEK 2 – ‘A New Look at the Fairystory.’ Considering the importance of the fairytale in modern literature, and how it can be used to create new, and challenging approaches, giving insight and often debate to contemporary subjects and situations.
WEEK 3 – ‘The Art of Inspiration.’ Looking at the various ways other areas of art can inspire the written word, and the importance it has is helping us to ‘paint’ and define our creative written images. How music can help the writing process, and often provide the key starting point for a new piece of work.
WEEK 4 – ‘Writing What You Know.’ The importance of successfully understanding your subject/background when developing a piece of writing, and interpreting it effectively. Considering if it isn’t something you understand personally, how various methods of research can help the writer to achieve a well-defined and ‘believable’ piece of writing.
WEEK 5 – ‘Real events, and historical moments.’ Considering the constant influence of the past upon the present, and how real-life events often create a strong creative basis for the writer. Looking at how and why major moments in the history such as the World Wars, have inspired countless writers, and continue to do so.
WEEK 6 – ‘Too much, Too Little.’ Learning the importance of when to ‘elaborate’, and when to ‘leave.’ Looking at the skills required in order to give enough information, or detail to engage the reader, but not too much to make them ‘skip.’
WEEK 7 – ‘Time and Tense.’ Looking at ways of easily moving through time within your writing, and selecting the most effective and appropriate tense to enable readers to powerfully engage with your work.
WEEK 8 – ‘Finding the Voice.’ – Looking at the importance of finding the right vocal projection, and tone for your characters, together with the appropriate rhythm and language structure. Considering the use of dialect, and how to use it effectively in your work, and which ‘person’ to write in.
WEEK 9 - ‘The Use of Quotes, Sayings, and Poetry.’ – How each of them can be used to inspire your work, as well as highlighting, and confirming major themes and issues.
WEEK 10 - ‘Submitting Work.’ – Looking at the various openings for writers, and how to effectively format and submit your work for either publication or competitions.
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.