Theme focus: writing sex, love, and sexuality

Course Dates: 19/06/21 - 03/07/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online
Tutors: 
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made
anew." -Ursula Le K. Guin. Learn how to write compelling representations of all kinds of love, sex, and sexuality on this supportive course designed to support those writing in any creative form.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00

Course Code: HW270

Sat, day, 19 Jun - 03 Jul '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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What is the course about?

Love, sex, and sexuality come in a wonderful variety of different forms. This course will help you identify where to begin writing on the theme, and offer support and guidance to help you grow your confidence. You'll learn how to write compelling representations of platonic and romantic love, through discussion and analysis of published examples, and writing exercises tailored to help you get the most out of your ideas. You'll explore overcoming squeamishness, building character and plot in love and sex scenes, finding your voice, and more. The form you choose to write in (fiction, poetry, scripts) is up to you; theme is the central focus of this course.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Understanding theme & subtext
- Finding voice and style
- Overcoming qualms
- Building character and plot when we write sex, love and sexuality
- Exploring our ethics, politics and playfulness.

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

- Try different styles and forms of writing about love, sex and sexuality
- Identify and analyse how different writers approach the subject
- Start to identify your voice and interests
- Produce original pieces of writing.

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

This course is suitable for those who have some experience of creative writing. This course is not suitable for those interested in writing pornography. You will need to be fluent in English, and have confident I.T. skills.

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

- Interactive tutor presentation
- Discussion and analysis of published examples
- Writing exercises
- Feedback on written work

You will be set optional homework assignments to complete in your own time.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs. Please bring writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in taking one of our courses in novel writing, short fiction writing, playwriting, screenwriting or creative non-fiction. See our prospectus online for more details of what's on offer.

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.

Amita Murray

Amita’s novel The Trouble with Rose came out with Harper Collins in 2019 and with Random House Blanvalet in 2020. Her short story collection Marmite and Mango Chutney won the SI Leeds Literary Award in 2016 and stories have appeared in Wasafiri, Aesthetica, Brand, Sand Berlin, the Berkeley Fiction Review and others. Amita has done workshops and talks at Waterstones, the Ilkley Literature Festival, Woolwich Library, Plymouth University/Literature Works, Westminster University, the London Literature Festival and others. She has taught the MA Fiction Workshop at the University of East Anglia. She has held residencies at Plymouth University and University College London/Leverhulme.

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.