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Online Programme Structure

There is a small fee for Weekend Schools (£30) and for Publishing Day (£50). These additional day schools can be published after you have enrolled on the programme.

Autumn term 2021. Course 1 – Approaches to Writing

10 weeks of study, online discussions and creative writing exercises.

 

Through small group online discussions, practical exercises and tutor feedback, you will explore the fundamental principles of storytelling and discover ways of enhancing the dramatic, sensual and visual impact of your writing; explore your own creativity and the ways in which you can realise the dramatic potential of your ideas; understand the importance of writing for your reader and learn the fundamentals of good characterisation. There are reading, researching and writing exercises each week. At the end of the term, you will produce a portfolio of short pieces of creative writing for creative and critical comment from your tutor.

Spring and summer terms 2022. Course 2 – Tactics for Writing

15 weeks of study, online discussions and creative writing exercises.

 

In this course you will experiment with different narrative modes, tenses and viewpoints and explore the subtle nuances of perspective that can be achieved through their careful and consistent application. You will explore the techniques and structures used in prose fiction and gain a greater insight into the way scenes are structured and the different ways in which characters and readers can be positioned in relation to the action of a story. At the end of the course you will share and discuss your work with other writers in your group. At the end of the course you will submit work for constructive appraisal, discuss your progress and plan your writing project for the second year with your tutor.

Autumn term 2022. Course 3 – Story Structure

10 weeks of study, online discussions and creative writing exercises.

 

In this course you will explore a number of ‘classic’ plots and different approaches to narrative structure and consider the ways they can be utilised within different genres. You will consider the key turning points in the structure of a story; the importance of beginnings, middles and endings and transitional scenes in narrative; further ways of generating tension and conflict to create narrative drive and hold your reader’s attention; ways of focusing and connecting your writing to increase coherence and resonance and ways of managing the writing process so the narrative arc you create fully realises the story’s potential. You will also continue to make progress on your writing project and will share your work with other writers in your group. At the end of this term, you will submit further work to your tutor for a written critical appraisal.

Spring and summer 2023. Course 4 – Writing Workshops

15 weeks of study, online discussions and creative writing exercises.

 

This final course is designed to offer you further insights into writing technique especially in the drafting and re-drafting of texts. It will focus on the structural editing of key scenes as well as developing your editing skills and appreciation of sentence and paragraph construction. In the second part of the course: the online writing workshops, you will focus your attention on critical appraisal of the writing process, both on the level of prose and the level of story. In this final part of the course, guided by your tutor, you will discuss finished short stories and novel chapters written by you and other writers in your group. You will submit a final piece of work to your tutor for written critical feedback and on Publishing Day at the end of the course you will be able to seek advice on getting your work published and if you have a finished manuscript, you will be able to sign up for a script consultation with a visiting publishing professional.