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.
The 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 one-page sample of prose to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include the course code (HW220) in the subject line. Writers will not be authorised for enrolment except by way of this process.
Please note: City Lit operates a waitlist for this selective course. If your application is waitlisted, you will be contacted in the event a space becomes available.
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.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
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?
The course is open for enrolment by application only. It 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 details of their writing and workshop experience and a one-page sample of prose to email@example.com. Writers will not be authorised for enrolment except by way of this process.
You will be an enthusiastic reader of fiction, able to commit to attending regularly and participating fully, and fluent in English.
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.
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. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet if it will help you.
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.