What is the course about?
This is a supportive but rigorous workshop for experienced writers, ideal for those who have completed beginner or intermediate fiction writing courses. Students' work will be discussed and critiqued, and you will benefit from an in-depth exploration of approaches to writing and revising fiction. All forms of fiction writing - long or short - are supported on this course.
Mary Flanagan is an Irish-American novelist living in London. She has taught Creative Writing a the University of East Anglia, Birkbeck and Leicester University where she was a writing fellow. She is also a literary critic and has reviewed for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Evening Standard, The Independent and The New York Times Review of Books.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- Constructive workshopping of student short stories and novel excerpts
- Craft issues, which will usually arise through workshopping, such as character, point of view, pacing, structure and style
- The process of revision.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Assess and respond to pieces of writing with acumen and sensitivity
- Identify the basic issues involved in writing fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, etc.
- Apply your critical and editorial skills to your own work
- Produce submissions for comment on a regular basis.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at experienced writers who have previously attended writing courses and who have some years experience of writing fiction.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through discussion, peer evaluation and tutor feedback.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students, where possible, will be asked to provide photocopies of their work for discussion.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The next step will be discussed individually with each participant.
All creative writing students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night. City Lit Talks Back is usually held at Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road. All are welcome, admission is free and there is no need to book in advance. Contact email@example.com if you’re interested in reading your work. For more details, visit www.citylit.ac.uk/citylittalksback.
Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of stories, poems and scripts by City Lit writers. For more details, visit www.citylit.ac.uk/betweenthelines.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details