What is the course about?
This course is designed to help students on their quest to write innovative fairytale stories. Ideally suited for students who have taken our Writing and rewriting fairytales workshop, Developing your fairytale explores approaches to perspective, narrative twists and fulfilling resolutions that bend traditional genre rules. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different approaches to writing and will have the opportunity to receive some constructive criticism on their work.
The Tutor: Helen Cox holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of York St John. She has been published widely in journalism, non fiction and had her first two novels published with HarperCollins. Helen also trained at the Institute of Education and has taught creative writing for several years. Her previous speaking engagements include guest lecturing at City University and The N21 Film Festival. She has also been invited to speak on numerous radio programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
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?
- Approaches to perspective in fairytales.
- Approaches to narrative twists in fairytales.
- Approaches to resolutions in fairytales.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Experiment with writing from different perspectives in the fairytale genre.
- Experiment with developing a twist in your fairytale project.
- Experiment with writing more than one resolution to your fairytale.
- Apply constructive feedback to your writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideally, students will already have completed our 'Writing and rewriting fairytales' workshop or have previous experience with writing in a fantasy genre. Students will need to come with a fairytale project in mind and have a character and storyline to work with.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of pair work, group work, writing tasks, text analysis and tutor instruction.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring writing materials and details of your character and storyline with you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of genre fiction writing courses including Writing myths, Writing fantasy stories and Writing magical realism. For more information, please browse the writing section of our website.
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.
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