Craft focus: setting in fiction

Course Dates: 02/03/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Tasha Kavanagh

This taster workshop teaches students how to use setting to enrich their stories.

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Craft focus: setting in fiction


What is the course about?

Alongside character, setting is one of the most integral elements of story-telling. This day workshop instructs students on how to manipulate this area of story-telling to enrich the reader experience and resonance of their stories.

The Tutor
Tasha Kavanagh has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA where she studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. She has worked as a film editor on features including 'Twelve Monkeys', 'Seven Years in Tibet' and 'The Talented Mr Ripley' and has had 10 children's books published. Her debut novel 'Things We Have in Common' was published by Canongate in 2015 to critical acclaim and was shortlisted for major prizes including the Costa 1st Novel and Desmond Elliott Prize. She is currently writing her second novel.

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?

- How does genre affect setting?
- Which structural techniques are useful when creating a sense of setting?
- Which language techniques are useful when creating a sense of setting?
- What role do year, seasoon, month, and time of day play in setting?

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

- Understand the elements of setting that can be manipulated by the author.
- Understand the structural and language techniques useful to establishing setting.
- Write your own story-opening that conveys a layered sense of setting.

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

This is an introductory taster and is open to all students.

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

A mixture of writing exercises, group work, pair work and formal teacher instruction.

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.

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

City Lit run a range of courses for aspiring fiction authors. 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.

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See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: HW402

Sat, day, 02 Mar - 02 Mar '19

Duration: 1 session

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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