Craft focus: setting in fiction

Course Dates: 30/10/21
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Setting is one of the integral elements of fiction craft. It is essential for building a world that a reader can escape into and for providing context that supports character and plot. In this practical intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00

Course Code: HW402

Sat, day, 30 Oct - 30 Oct '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Alongside character, setting is one of the most integral elements of story-telling. When successful it can help readers immerse themselves in the story world, anchor character actions and perspectives, and even, sometimes, assume the features of a character in its own right. This day workshop instructs students on how to manipulate this area of story-telling to enrich the reader experience and resonance of their stories.

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 course is open to those new to writing fiction and those with some experience. You should be an avid reader of fiction. Fluency in English is essential.

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.

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?

No additional costs. Please bring writing materials.

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

Collect the other Craft Focus courses on offer to give key elements of your writing the special attention they deserve. Or, why not try one of our term-long fiction courses? 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.

Tasha Kavanagh

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.

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.