What is the course about?
This is a supportive and 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.
Wendy Brandmark is a novelist and short story writer. Her collection of short stories, He Runs the Moon: Tales from the Cities, was published by Holland Park Press in 2016. Her last novel, The Stray American (Holland Park Press 2014), was longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Her short stories have appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, Stand Magazine and The Warwick Review. She has reviewed fiction for The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review and The Independent. She has taught creative writing for twenty years and currently supervises students on the Oxford University MSt in Creative Writing.
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...
- Initiate and develop fiction with greater fluency
- Revise your fiction with increased confidence and detachment
- Assess your own and fellow students’ work with sensitivity and discernment.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at experienced writers of fiction who have previously attended writing courses and/or who have been writing fiction for some years.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Receiving and giving constructive criticism and feedback
- Workshopping of student writing, both short pieces and longer ones
- For longer pieces, there will be a workshopping rota which involves students emailing stories or excerpts of novels to the class and lecturer
- Discussion of craft issues which mainly arise from student writing
- Readings from selected short story writers.
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?
None, except paper and pen. Students showing short pieces in class will be asked to make enough copies to share. Emailed pieces will have to be printed out and brought to class for discussion.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are other fiction writing courses, including novel writing and autobiography, which might be appropriate, and it might also benefit students to take Advanced Fiction Writing for another term.
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