Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW417
Available start dates
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course teaches advanced skills for writing, editing and polishing creative non-fiction writing. Sophisticated crafting techniques will be discussed by the class. The focus of the course will be on the workshop element with students workshopping their own writing, and the writing of other students on the course.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Advanced approaches to writing creative non-fiction.
- Advanced elements of language and structure in the creative non-fiction genre.
- Approaches to workshopping and revising creative non-fiction pieces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Edit and revise your writing by applying structural and language techniques taught on the course.
- Critically evaluate your own approach to creative non-fiction to open up new avenues of exploration.
- Use feedback from the tutor and other students to revise and edit your work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course suitable only for students who have already taken our intermediate classes in creative non-fiction.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mix of workshopping your own writing and that of other students, group work, class discussion, writing exercises and formal instruction from the tutor.
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.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Writing materials are the only materials needed but books may be recommended to you to enhance and continue your learning.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses in autobiographical writing and journalism. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Paul Laffan is the author of four novels, a book of reportage and has ghosted several works of autobiography. His most recent publication: The Fabricated Christ was published in June 2019. He holds a BA in English Literature from Oxford and an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English from Florida State University in America. He taught writing and literature for six years at Florida State, and has also taught at Birkbeck, Morley College, the Mary Ward Centre and Lambeth College.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.