Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HW221
Available start dates
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is designed to support advanced and professional fiction writers who are working on long or short form fiction projects with a view to publication. The course offers an opportunity to share and receive constructive critical feedback, network with other writers, and discuss elements of advanced fictional craft.
This online course is suitable only for fiction writers who have advanced workshop experience (e.g. Masters level) and/or a history of publication. Writers are invited to submit one document containing details of their writing background and workshop experience and a sample of prose no longer than 500 words to email@example.com. Documents should be double-spaced with 12-point font. Please include the course code (HW221) in the subject line of your email. Writers will not be authorised for enrolment except by way of this process
The deadline for applications is Sunday 11th December.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Constructive workshopping of short stories and novel excerpts
- Advanced craft issues that arise from the material under review
- The process of revision.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Assess and respond to pieces of writing with acumen and sensitivity
- Identify complex issues involved in writing fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, etc.
- Apply your critical and editorial skills to your own work
- Produce submissions for comment on a regular basis.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will be an enthusiastic reader of fiction, able to commit to attending regularly and participating fully, and fluent in English. The deadline for applications is Sunday 18th December.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through discussion, peer evaluation and tutor feedback. You will be expected to read your peers' workshop submissions closely at home and to provide them with constructive written feedback that will then be shared in class. The tutor will not provide feedback to any member of the workshop who does not attend regularly and/or participate fully.
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?
There are no additional costs. Writers will be expected to submit manuscripts in advance of class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The next step will be discussed individually with each participant.
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.
Thomas McMullan is a writer, journalist and narrative designer. His debut novel, The Last Good Man (Bloomsbury) won the 2021 Betty Trask Prize. His short fiction and poetry have been published in 3:AM Magazine, Lighthouse and Best British Short Stories, and his work has appeared in publications including the Guardian, The Observer, Times Literary Supplement, Frieze and BBC News. He has also worked with theatre companies and games studios in London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, including Roll7, Niantic, Punchdrunk and The Chinese Room. @thomas_mac
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.