What is the course about?
Can you master the art of extreme brevity? The challenge of micro or flash fiction is to tell a complete story in which every word is absolutely essential. This course will help you to generate ideas for micro fiction, and teach you to peel away the frills and lace until you've reached the hard, clean-scraped core of a story.
Students like: "the suggestions and tools given to approach writing microfiction in different ways"; "the in-class wrtiting exercises"; "getting and giving feedback on our own stories in a group"; "developing skills and gaining confidence."
The Tutor: Linda Quinn trained as an actress and worked as a performer and director for 15 years, during which time she started to write and edit scripts for performance. She has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and is currently writing her first novel. Linda is a fully qualified teacher with an additional specialist English qualification.
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?
- Creative exercises will encourage you to unlock your imagination and generate ideas for micro fiction
- Issues of technique including plot, structure, point of view and character will be addressed
- You'll learn how to compress your writing and shape your stories to deliver the maximum impact
- You'll benefit from constructive criticism as you begin to revise your work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the essential components of micro fiction
- Write a story with a clear beginning, a strong centrepiece, and a definitive ending; a story that makes its point and drives it home
- Provide insightful feedback on the work of colleagues
- Feel confident as you continue to experiment with micro fiction.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Fluent written and spoken English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In-class exercises including writing games, free-writing and experimental techniques for idea generation; out-of-class assignments; small group discussion; tutor-led discussion; workshop readings (of students' writing); editing
workshops and critical discussion; visualisation. Writing tasks will also be set as homework.
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?
Please bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details