Life writing: a taster

Course Dates: 28/02/20 - 06/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This inspiring workshop encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to create vivid and engaging life writing.


What is the course about?

There are few activities more meaningful than reflecting on the events of our lives, those we care about and the world we live in. Whether you are creating a keepsake containing your most precious moments, hoping to improve your creative writing or simply want future generations of your family to know about your life experiences, this workshop teaches a range of life writing approaches and techniques that will open new avenues of reflection.

What will we cover?

- Approaches to enriching life writing.
- Innovative structural techniques within life writing.
- Developing a voice and style in life writing.
- Life writing prompts of an introspective nature.

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

- Experiment with different writing styles.
- Develop your understanding of structural techniques within life writing.
- Experiment with introspective prompts that open up avenues of exploration in your life writing.

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

This is an introductory course. The only requirement is a good level of literacy.

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

A mix of writing prompts, pair work, group work, class discussion and formal tutor modeling and 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 offer a range of writing courses that encourages aspiring writers to explore their creativity.

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.

Tutor Biographies
Helen Cox Tutor Website

Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. She started out as a self-published author and has since been published widely in journalism, non-fiction and poetry. Helen currently writes novels for Quercus Books and has taught creative writing for more than a decade. She holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of York St John and has been invited to speak on numerous radio programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: HW109

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Fri, eve, 28 Feb - 06 Mar '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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

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