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Introduction to Creative Writing

  • 10 Weeks | Leisure Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Leisure Learning | Leisure

Course overview

This ten week online course aims to offer a fun and flexible introduction to creative writing, including an overview of related literature, with plenty of opportunities for you to practise and develop your own writing. The course is open to both beginners and more advanced writers.

All readings will be provided and are offered as stimulation for group discussion and inspirational models for your own writing rather than being prescriptive. Each class will take the form of key readings, class discussion and writing exercises, with the opportunity to share your work, experiment and gain feedback, from both the tutor and your peers.

You will be encouraged to produce or work towards a final writing project to be submitted at the end of the course. This assignment is optional and not formally assessed but is an opportunity for more formal feedback from the tutor. Tutor biography: Laura Helyer holds a PhD in Creative Writing and American Literature (Southampton, Chichester) and MLitt in Creative Writing (St. Andrews, Distinction, poetry). She has won various competitions for her poetry, essays and short fiction. Her creative publications include a poetry pamphlet ‘Paper Cairns’ (Islands Book Trust).

She is also a trained archivist and librarian interested in literary archives, information ethics, creative pedagogy and practice-based research, the short story, art history, poetry and science. A chapter from her doctoral thesis on Elizabeth Bishop and Katherine Mansfield was published in the collection of essays, Edinburgh Companion to Elizabeth Bishop (Edinburgh University Press, 2019). She has taught creative writing as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University in Scotland, and as a tutor for the Open College of Arts and the University of Edinburgh International Summer School.

She has also worked as a course consultant for Faber Academy in Edinburgh.

The course content will include: Why write? why creative writing is good for you (and everyone), finding the words, the power of memory, writing a moment in time, description in poetry and prose, Introducing poetry, thinking about character in fiction and poetry, thinking about genre, word and image, conclusion – how to be contemporary and relevant?

Enrolment End Date: Please note that the enrolment for this course closes 3 working days prior to the stat of the course. Unfortunately it is not possible to process late enrolments after that point.

Timings: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Course cost: £95

This course is delivered remotely.

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