Creative Writing - Beginners
The course is designed to cultivate and develop an ability to write within a number of creative forms. We will evaluate various types of literary works in order to identify, evaluate and measure the merits of creative writing so as to develop and demonstrate a growing ability within our own creative work. We will compare and contrast the works of writers in different genres of creative literature to help to develop a broad appreciation of literary form and style. Additionally, we will look at basic form and structure within poetry, short stories, novels and screenplays so as to better inform our own work. We will each produce several pieces of creative work throughout the duration of the course. These creative pieces will include a poem, short story, synopsis for a novel and one full scene from a screen, stage or television play.
A basic competence in reading and writing and an interest in creative writing.
Lectures, discussions, tutorials and creative writing group work (eg short poems and single paragraph ‘micro’ stories) that will activate the collective creative imagination within the group so as to help you maximise your potential.
You will acquire the basic tools with which to attempt your own creative works unaided. You will be able to produce several basic types of literary works. Some of them, such as poems and short stories will be complete works. Other pieces will act as extracts from much larger pieces that you may want to go on to fully complete. These written extracts (the opening or detailed synopsis of a novel or a single complete scene from a screenplay) will act as templates that you can build on and be guided by. You will learn basic structure and form within creative writing. You will be able to distinguish between types of writing, genres and the writers themselves. You will discover the benefits of acquiring a disciplined attitude towards the production of work and how maintaining a “writer's head” is crucial for keeping the inspiration to create as active as possible.
A dictionary, thesaurus, pencils/pens, note/writing pads.
The majority of your creative writing will be in-between classes, along with studying handouts, creative literature and material pertaining to whatever creative form we are looking at week to week.
At the start of the course you will be given your own individual learning plan. Your tutor will record your entry level and together you will track your progress and achievements.
We will support learners to make informed choices about their next steps by providing appropriate individual and/or group information, advice, and/or guidance tailored to need and desired outcomes. The next and most important step is for you to keep on writing, in order to maintain a working momentum. To help with this we are offering a ‘next-step’ course if there is sufficient demand.
Monday Oct 5, 2020