Beat writer’s block

Course Dates: 14/07/20 - 16/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Tutors:

A course for anyone who has started a project and lost their way, run out of momentum or found themselves staring at a blank page and wondering where the fun of writing went.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

Bring in a project you're stuck on, or an idea you can't seem to get started with, or just a blank notebook. This course will help you identify what you want to write, and why, teach you how to generate a surfeit of ideas, solve plot problems, being characters to life and rediscover the joy of creative writing.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Generating new ideas for plots and characters
- Revisiting existing work and bringing it back to life
- Resolving plot problems
- Delving deeper into characters
- Rediscovering the joy of writing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Generate new ideas for your projects
- Understand the common plot pitfalls and devise ways to avoid them
- Revitalise your writing practice.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for writers of all levels. You will need an active interest in writing creatively and fluency in written and spoken English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn through a mixture of interactive tutor presentation, discussion, and writing exercises. You may also be asked to participate in optional acting exercises to free up your creativity.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offers a fantastic range of creative writing courses covering all genres and levels of ability. You can progress to Furthering your Creative Writing, where you'll continue to experiment with a range of forms. Or you can take a course in a particular medium, including novel and short story writing, screenwriting, playwriting, and creative non-fiction. To browse our full range of creative writing courses, visit www.citylit.ac.uk/writing.

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.

Reviews
Tutor Biographies
Sarah Leipciger

Sarah Leipciger’s debut novel, The Mountain Can Wait, was published in 2015 with Tinder Press in the UK and Little, Brown in the US. She has had short stories shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Fish Prize and the Asham Award, and is a past winner of THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. She has also written non-fiction for The Guardian and The Toronto Star. She has facilitated workshops at several literature events, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and has been teaching fiction and life writing to young people and adults in prisons since 2003; she is currently the Creative Writing tutor at HMP Brixton in London. Her second novel, Coming Up for Air, will be published in February 2020 with Doubleday UK and House of Anansi Press in Canada. Doubleday UK has also procured her third novel, with a release date TBA. She is a PhD student in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University.

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: HW213

Tue+Thu, day, 14 Jul - 16 Jul '20

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.