What is the course about?
Two things are true: style is seductive and imitation is often the sincerest form of flattery. In this one-day workshop explore how Ernest Hemingway developed his unique style of short fiction to become one of the most influential writers of the twentieth-century. Take Hemingway's minimalism as a starting point for your own writing practice. Combine analysis of two seminal short stories, 'Hills Like White Elephants and 'A Clean, Well-Lighted Place', with writing exercises to experiment with economical prose.
This course is offered jointly by Literature and Creative Writing. You will be taught by a tutor from each department.
The Tutors: Patricia Sweeney is Programme Coordinator for Literature and Film at City Lit, with specialist teaching interests in modern and contemporary literature, drama and film adaptation. In addition to her work at City Lit, Patricia has taught literature courses for the Open University and Literature, Drama and Film courses for Birkbeck, University of London.
Maria Thomas is Programme Coordinator for Creative Writing at City Lit and an award-winning writer of short fiction. She has taught writing at the University of Virginia, and as a Promising Scholar and Margaret McBride Lerhman Fellow at the University of Oregon where she studied for her MFA in Fiction. She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she researches creative writing pedagogy and is working on a novel. Maria is on the editorial board of acclaimed literary journal Short Fiction.
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. 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?
- An introduction to Hemingway's minimalism: contexts and form
- Analysis and discussion of two stories: 'Hills Like White Elephants' and 'A Clean, Well-Lighted Place'
- What is style and how to find yours as a writer
- How to write dynamic economical pros.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the key features of Hemingway's minimalism
- Understand the historical context of Hemingway's fiction
- Craft economical sentences in the style of Hemingway and in your own writing voice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course suitable for those with some prior experience of creative writing and literary study. You should be an enthusiastic reader of fiction, comfortable sharing your ideas and writing, and fluent in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by two tutors, Patricia Sweeney (Literature) and Maria Thomas (Creative Writing). You will learn through a combination of short lecture, interactive tutor presentation, group and individual writing exercises. Please come to class having read the short stories assigned.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Stories will be provided in advance. Please come to class having read the short stories assigned. Please bring writing materials. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet for use during writing activities if it will help you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look up Literature courses in the prospectus under Humanities or on the website under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk.
You may also be interested in taking a creative writing course at City Lit. Learn more about short stories in Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course) and practice your skills in Short story writing.
All students are invited to join us at "https://www.citylit.ac.uk/city-lit-presents-late-lines" Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to "http://www.citylit.ac.uk/betweenthelines". Between the Lines is our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on"http://www.facebook.com/citylitcreativewriting" and " http://www.twitter.com/citylitwriting".