Craft focus: narration in fiction (advanced)

Course Dates: 27/02/21 - 28/02/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Location: Online

Who speaks and who sees? Point of view is the answer to these essential questions in fiction. Learn the fundamentals of point of view in this short course designed to help you write stories with clear and compelling perspectives. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.

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


What is the course about?

In this advanced course you'll explore what point of view is in fiction and learn how to control and manipulate this element of craft to give your stories direction and depth. You'll learn the strengths of point of view and the challenges it presents, and you'll be given the opportunity to experiment with narrative and character perspectives through a series of writing activities. This course is suitable for those with some experience 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?

- What is point of view? Who speaks and who sees.
- Understanding the strengths and challenges of point of view
- Point of view and story structure
- Switching points of view.

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

- Give and receive feedback with confidence
- Identify different functions of point of view
- Avoid point of view 'slips' in your fiction and gain greater control over this essential element of craft
- Generate fiction using a variety of points of view.

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

This is an advanced level course suitable for those with some experience of creative writing. You must be an enthusiastic reader of fiction and fluent in English.

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

You will learn through a variety of methods including interactive tutor presentation, analysis and discussion of published texts, group work, and guided writing exercises.

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

There are no additional costs. Please bring writing materials.

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

Why not try one of our term-long courses in fiction such as Writing fiction, Short Story Writing or Starting your novel? If you feel ready to submit your work for rigorous constructive feedback, you can enrol on Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop.

Collect the other Craft Focus courses on offer to give key elements of your writing the special attention they deserve. You may also enjoy a Reading for writers course, or the Craft of fiction reading and writing group. There are lots of options to develop your fiction available via the online prospectus. If you need help finding the right one, just give us a call!

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.

Tutor Biographies
Charlotte Heather

Charlotte Heather is a writer and co-founder of Rita Munus; a writing and art based workshop. With Rita Munus she has taught at galleries, community projects and artistic centres across London and Mexico City. Her work has appeared in On Paper, Corda Magazine, The Bohemoth and Hotel. Her pamphlet of queer speculative fiction is forthcoming with Koroula SF and her debut novella was published by The Pigeonhole in 2015. She's working on a novel concerning bodies and gender alongside facilitating workshops at Cubitt Gallery as part of Rita Munus project Write It Speak It Move It.

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: HW056

Sat-Sun, day, 27 Feb - 28 Feb '21

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £28.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2717

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