What you’ll need to join
Ideally at least two hours of commitment per week, in addition to the scheduled workshops. Access to a word processing program. Basic English writing and speaking skills required. Access to internet outside of classes will help but is not essential.
What you’ll learn
Each course will explore practical techniques involved in the craft and production of published writing. There will be a one-hour taught lesson on the weekly subject area.
Weekly Subject Area
Week One: Skills refresh
Week Two: Historical overview of writing
Week Three: Language development
Week Four: Literary theory overview
Week Five: Enhanced feedback and editing skills
Week Six: Motivation and accountability
Week Seven: Self-publish, publishers or agent?
Week Eight: Kindle Direct
Week Nine: Book ready promotions
Week Ten: The self-employed writer
Week Eleven: Social media and marketing
Week Twelve: Creating your mark in a sometimes-overwhelming industry
The Creative Writing Workshop
The workshop formats to our classes, create a safe environment to experiment, critique and create new writing. Each week we will carry out warm up exercises, critical reading discussions, creative workshopping and you will be provided with (non-compulsory) weekly writing prompts to encourage and expand your learning beyond the session.
The course objectives are to:
- Identify writing goals and ways of working to achieve them
- Give and receive feedback
- Differentiate the elements required in storytelling and communicating
- Identify the skills of creative writing and reading/watching to be read
- Understand and produce writing to be read
- Gain a practical understanding and examples of published writing
- Write, write and write some more
How the course is assessed
No formal assessment. Observation, discussion, and tutor feedback.
Pen & paper or alternative notetaking tools and access to word processing and internet outside of class for some homework tasks.
What you can do next
Further guidance opportunities are available to all learners and will be advised of other courses that may be of interest to them.