Courses and Tuition

 

The Courses: Creative Writing for Novices and those seeking to improve. The following courses are available (course materials, where provided, are included).

Creative Writing: Two Day Introductory. (Intensive) 

A fun course designed for those just starting out. Explores the challenges, frameworks and techniques involved with Creative Writing across a range of styles, forms and media. Courses take place both on weekdays and weekends.

Day 1: Introduction.

Examination of the frameworks within which writing is undertaken – personal, cultural, experiential. Why write? How to start!
First class exercise and assignment.
What are the formats, media and genres, (fiction and non-fiction)? Motivations and responsibilities. Expression / Observation & Style. Narrative structures and how they work.
Working from both original material and sources.

Day 2

Introduction to characters – character dynamics, through-lines, creation, consistency, major and minor characters and their places within story.
Setting of second assignment.
Dialogue – how dialogue works and making it authentic. Character voice, authenticity and the need for differentiation with authorial voice.
Plot or Not.
Future steps and how to progress.

Participants are offered 2 short assignments to complete and submit within 3 weeks for critique and feedback.

Next course dates are as follows:
T.B.A. – held in Prague, Czech Republic

Creative Writing: Three Day (Intensive) 

 
More advanced than the two day course, allowing for more depth and consideration. The course uses a blend of literary analysis, practical writing exercises, group discussion and lecture.
Courses take place during daytime and early evenings

Day 1

Introduction. Examines the frameworks in which writing is undertaken – personal, cultural, experiential. Why write? What are the formats, genres, (fiction and non-fiction)? Motivations and responsibilities. Expression / Observation & Style. Possibilities within Narrative structures and how they work. Working from both original material and sources.

Day 2

Creating characters – character dynamics, through-lines, creation, consistency, major and minor characters within revelation of story .
Dialogue – how dialogue works and making it authentic. Character voice, authenticity and the need for differentiation within authorial voice. Plot versus ‘no plot’. Objectives within structure and the use of suspense.

Day 3

Literary landscapes, and environments, both historical and contemporary; their role in the conveyance of meaning. Exploring the challenges of genre, introducing the writer to expressing the authorial voice in imaginative worlds.

The ‘business’ of writing: examining the roles of professional bodies, editors, agents, support organisations, professional bodies, sources of finance and basic legal considerations.

Next course dates are as follows:
T.B.A. – held in Prague, Czech Republic

Creative Writing for Beginners / Improvers (5 days – Max number of participants 10)

An in-depth and involved look at the world of Creative Writing and the opportunities within it. The course covers all the areas mentioned in the Introductory courses outlined above, but at greater depth and a less intensive pace.
The course lasts 5 days to enable a solid foundation for students to be put in place whilst examining the techniques and contexts for writing creatively.

The course also provides for field work on day 3. Students are set a series of exercises during the course to undertake in class time and the emphasis is on writing as an activity that is undertaken and delivered.

Participants are set a choice of final assignments in different formats to complete and submit within 6 weeks for critique and feedback. An online session reflecting on progress after the course is included within the price and is offered after the six week deadline post critique.

Please check for next availability.

Creative Writing – Practice for the more advanced. 3 days (intensive)

This course is designed for those who have or have had a regular writing commitment but have found their practice and style has stagnated or is at a crossroads. The techniques and exercises discussed, utilised and examined form a useful basis from which to explore new approaches to work in hand and tackle new styles / genres / subject areas.

Starting to write for Theatre and Film (5 days)

A solid introduction to learning how to write for stage and screen. The course examines various approaches covering development of original ideas, studying style and genre, undertaking adaptation, the differences between stage and screen as media and the requirements placed on the writer. Topics include:

Introduction / Dramatic and critical terms
Forms and process
Choosing a subject. Comedy or Tragedy?
Space and the Actor
Character and Dialogue
Through-lines of Action / Objectives
Subtext and the super-objective
Time, Setting, Context,
Dramatic Unities versus Chaos

Next course dates are as follows: T.B.A. – held in Prague, Czech Republic

Future Courses – Early 2019

Creative Writing for Career Changers / Professional Practice 

A four week intensive course that prepares individuals for undertaking creative writing as a professional activity. The course is intensive, challenging and requires set exercises to be submitted to deadline. Participants need to have the requisite self discipline and determination to get the best from the course.

Students have the opportunity to choose what form of writing (e.g. novel chapters plus synopsis, short story, film, theatre etc) they submit as a final assignment.

Places are strictly limited to 5

 

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