Creative non-fiction: an introduction

Course Dates: 17/02/21 - 24/03/21
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Online

This short introductory course explores the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing. On this course you will start to produce your own works of creative non-fiction.

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?

This is an introductory course which covers core elements of the creative non-fiction genre from first principle. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and imaginatively about their approach to writing their own creative non-fiction.

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 creative non-fiction?
How do we constructively analyse a creative non-fiction text?
Which core language and structural techniques are used for effect?

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

- Develop your understanding of the creative non-fiction genre.
- Constructively analyse creative non-fiction texts.
- Write your own creative non-fiction pieces.

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

No formal requirements except a good standard of literacy and a love of reading.

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

This course is taught online

- Analysis of short pieces in class through group discussion.
- Regular individual short writing exercises.
- Formal instruction from the teacher combined with group discussion.

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

Writing materials.

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

The Writing department offers a range of creative writing courses, including Autobiographical writing, Biography writing, Writing a memoir and The art of the personal essay.


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What a great tutor. She was well prepared and able to make small adjustments to her plans to suit the needs of the group.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/01/2021)
I really enjoyed this course. The tutor was great and really helped me develop my techniques . She was very committed , and provided excellent course materials.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/01/2021)
The tutor is exceptional. She gave so much of her time to read and comment on our work. I have never received such constructive and detailed criticism. Thank you.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/01/2021)
Thank you for an excellent course. It was good to study different writing genres and be challenged. I also appreciated the constructive feedback I received from writing submissions.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/01/2021)
As a consequence of the teaching in extraordinary times, we as a group have been able to gel and we have gone into establish a writing group. This to me is a sign of exceptional teaching where we have been empowered to continue learning and developing. Amazing experience.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/01/2021)
The course was engaging and incredibly intimate despite being on Zoom. I really felt I had got to know a whole new group of people after the 6 sessions. I don’t know how this happened. The group really 'gelled' and there was a good balance between informality and inviting people to comment. The tutor kept to the time and packed a lot in while at the same time allowing time for feedback and questions. Everyone seemed to contribute.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/01/2021)
An excellent course, I learnt such a lot in a short space of time. The tutor was brilliant- highly recommended.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/01/2021)
V experienced tutor.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/01/2021)
I would recommend this as the best place to start creative non fiction
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Review by Richard / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
Yes I would recommend this course
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Tutor Biographies
Lorna V Tutor Website

Lorna V is an award-winning playwright, performance artist, journalist, author, and writing coach. She has written for many publications including the Daily Mail, the Guardian Weekend, Cosmopolitan and Sunday Times Style. She has written three personal development books for the Psychologies magazine brand published by Wiley and her interest in psychology has led to her currently studying for an MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health. As writer-performer she has appeared at venues and festivals in and out of London, including Battersea Arts Centre, Blue Elephant Theatre and Oxford’s Old Fire Station.

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.

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Course Code: HW319

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Wed, eve, 17 Feb - 24 Mar '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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

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