Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

Course Dates: 24/02/20 - 23/03/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: International House

This advanced workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.


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.

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.

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 City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit 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.

Tutor Biographies
Wes Brown

Wes Brown is a writer and editor. He teaches modules in creative writing at the University of East London and English & American Literature at the University of Kent where he is a CHASE scholar in Narrative Non-fiction. His work has appeared in magazines and journals on and offline including The Real Story, Litro, Aesthetica, and The Mechanic’s Institute Review. He was publishing director of Dead Ink and has worked as a bookseller and a teacher of English. He is currently writing a autobiographical novel, Breaking Kayfabe, which explores narrative theories of identity and questions of authenticity through the fictionalisation of his time as a pro wrestler.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: HW417

Please choose a course date 

Mon, eve, 24 Feb - 23 Mar '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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