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Our approach to teaching creative writing is fundamentally different from that of the majority of creative writing courses in Higher Education that mix conventional critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literary texts with short modules in creative writing. At the core of our teaching strategy is the belief that creative writing requires a similar educational approach to that used in other areas of the arts. Our focus therefore is primarily on the process of composition and our aim, through carefully designed writing exercises is to introduce you to the techniques and skills required to craft narrative fiction whilst making you more aware of your own individual creativity. We recognise the importance, alongside intellectual and critical skills, of the role of body, the emotions and intuition in creative composition and draw on the wider reading and discussion of published fiction, writers on writing and relevant theory to support this holistic approach.

Our programmes and courses cover prose fiction (the novel and the short story), poetry and dramatic writing (stage and screen). These initial programmes are designed to teach you the essential skills required to work in these particular forms. After completing these programmes, when you have started to prepare work for publication of performance, you can join our Advanced Writing Workshops and work alongside practicing and published writers.

As a writer on one of our programmes or courses, you will work closely with your tutors and a small group of other writers and your ongoing work will be supported through notes, summaries and references to further reading on our website course pages.

You will be encouraged, through exploration, experimentation, discussion and wider reading, to understand the structure of the form you are working in and your own creative process; to identify your own personal themes and to find ways of expressing these ideas to a modern audience.

Dramatic Writing Programme - Online Learning 2020-2021
CWP in collaboration with New Writing South
(One morning per week for 25 weeks)

In the autumn and spring term courses of this programme you will learn, through practical writing sessions, how to write for the stage and screen. You will be taught how to format scripts, how to utilise the technical and practical characteristics of these different forms and how to work creatively within them. Starting with the essential skills of stagecraft you will learn how to develop characters and storylines that are resonant, coherent and built around dramatic tension. You will then, in the spring term, apply what you have learned to the screen; to more episodic and filmic narrative. In the summer term you will be encouraged to take one of your first draft pieces from the first two terms and through reading and discussion in script development workshops, develop them into a second draft.

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Creative Writing Programme 2020-2022
(Two-years. One morning or one evening a week for 25 weeks per year.)
C.W.P. in collaboration with New Writing South

The Creative Writing Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project. Your course tutors will teach you the writing techniques you need to complete your work, offer you focused written feedback and help you set realistic deadlines.

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Creative Writing Programme - Online Learning 2020 - 2021
The distance-learning version of the Creative Writing Programme is offered as four separate courses over two-years. This allows writers the choice of taking it over two years or over a longer period of time, though courses must be taken consecutively.

The online version of the Creative Writing Programme (CWP) has been developed to allow writers who live abroad or who cannot travel to our programme centres to benefit from this prestigious university level writing programme. It has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project. Whether it is a novel, a novella or collection of short stories, your course tutors will teach you the writing techniques you need to complete your work, offer you focused written feedback and help you set realistic deadlines.

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Creative Non-Fiction Programme 2020-2022
(Duration: Two years. One afternoon per week for 25 weeks per year)

(Formally called the Autobiography and Life Writing Programme)

CWP in collaboration with New Writing South

The Creative Non-Fiction Programme will be offered in BRIGHTON and HASTINGS in 2020. The programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of turning personal or researched experience into stories. It has a particular emphasis on the different forms of life writing: autobiography, biography, historically researched fiction, autoethnography, travel writing, diaries, journals, comic writing and blogs and teaches writing techniques that can be used in both non-fiction and creative fiction.

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Advanced Writing Workshops 2020-2021

CWP in collaboration with New Writing South

Tutors: Dr Hannah Vincent, Laura Wilkinson, Lizzie Enfield, Catherine Smith, Umi Sinha

This higher-level course has been designed for writers who have completed either the Creative Writing Programme, an undergraduate or a masters programme in creative writing, or who have work in progress and can show they are capable of working at this advanced level.

The aim of this course is to provide a forum for writers who are committed to finishing novels or collections of short stories and who are looking for a critical and supportive audience for their work in progress. It also acts as a place where writers can meet regularly to discuss the creative process, share their enthusiasm for literature, swap information on publishing and inspire and energise each other.

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Advanced Poetry Workshops 2020-2021

CWP in collaboration with New Writing South

Tutor: Dr John McCullough

This higher-level course has been designed for writers with prior experience of working in poetry groups, published poets or writers who have attended poetry writing courses as part of Higher Education courses and who would like to continue exploring their professional practice, writing technique and style in practical writing sessions.

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Writing Poetry 2020-2021

CWP in collaboration with New Writing South

Tutor: Verity Spott

This course has been created to enhance your knowledge and use of a range of poetic techniques such as compression, imagery, texture, line breaks, traditional forms, rhyme and metre.

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Courses on the 2nd Year of the Creative Writing Programme 2020-2021
Courses on the 2nd Year of the Creative Writing Programme 2020-2021

(One year. One morning a week for 25 weeks per year)

C.W.P. in collaboration with New Writing South

There are limited places available on the second year of the Creative Writing Programme and the Autobiography and Life Writing Programme in 2020-21. You would be joining a group of writers who have already spent a year working together developing their work. If you have had some experience of working in writing groups or short courses at university level and you have just started working on a novel, a collection of short stories or a work of historical or autobiographical storytelling, these courses will help you to focus and develop your work in progress.

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