Ways into creative writing: intensive

Course Dates: 01/05/25 - 05/06/25
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
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Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Ways into creative writing: intensive
  • Course Code: HW111
  • Dates: 01/05/25 - 05/06/25
  • Time: 18:30 - 20:30
  • Taught: Thu, Evening
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Nicole Acquah

Course Code: HW111

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Thu, eve, 01 May - 05 Jun '25

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0415

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This is a friendly and hands-on introduction to creative writing. You'll be encouraged to think in a creative way and to experiment with language in prose fiction, poetry and other forms. You'll gain a greater understanding of the devices and techniques used by writers, and you'll unlock your imagination as you begin to produce work of your own. This course is not designed for those wishing only to improve their grammar and punctuation skills.

Students say: "It gave me discipline, courage and inspiration to write"; "Outstanding and inspiring - the classroom exercises were very helpful, and I feel that I've learned a good deal"; "It was very interactive and there was a positive atmosphere throughout the course"; "Well-paced and supportive.".

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?

- Exploring different forms of creative writing through fun exercises: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, playwriting, and screenwriting
- How to use figurative language in our writing, e.g.metaphor and simile
- How to engage the senses in our writing
- Writing prompts and games designed to stimulate creativity and unlock your imagination
- Sharing our ideas and writing with confidence.

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

- Produce original pieces of creative writing
- Decide a clear personal goal for your writing
- Identify your key writing strengths and challenges, and use this understanding to develop your writing skills
- Identify different elements of craft in different forms of creative writing and demonstrate these in your own work (e.g. point of view, dialogue, imagery, character)
- Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language in your work
- Create sensory imagery in your own writing
- Analyse and discuss pieces of creative writing with confidence and sensitivity.

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

This is an introductory course and no previous writing experience is required. You should be able to read and write fluently in English, and be enthusiastic about reading and writing.

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

- Produce at least five original pieces of creative writing
- Decide a clear personal goal for your writing
- Identify your key writing strengths and challenges, and use this understanding to develop your writing skills
- Identify at least five different elements of craft in different forms of creative writing and demonstrate these in your own work (e.g. point of view, dialogue, imagery, character)
- Demonstrate an understanding of at least two types of figurative writing in your work
- Apply each of the six types of sensory imagery in your own writing
- Analyse and discuss pieces of creative writing with confidence and sensitivity

All writing classes at City Lit involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work that 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 work from the tutor and 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.

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?

Please bring your own writing materials.

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

City Lit offers a fantastic range of creative writing courses covering all genres and levels of ability. If you would like to continue building your confidence at the introductory level, we recommend enrolling on 'Ways into creative writing', which is a longer course. You can also progress to 'Developing your creative writing', where you'll continue to experiment with a range of forms. Or you can take a course in a particular medium, including novel and short story writing, screenwriting, playwriting, and creative non-fiction. To browse our full range of creative writing courses, visit www.citylit.ac.uk/writing.

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.

Nicole Acquah

Nicole Acquah is a playwright, dramaturg and a performer/devisor. . She has taught Playwriting at Royal Holloway University, and is a resident playwright and visiting lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Nicole's semi-autobiographical show For a Black Girl had successful runs at VAULT Festival and Camden People’s Theatre, and was later commissioned by The Curve, Slough. In 2019, she was seed commissioned by Nouveau Riche Theatre Company, to write a new show called Caste-ing which was developed by and performed at The Barbican. She has been commissioned by RCSSD to write several plays for MA Advanced Theatre Practice, including infomania (also selected for The Miniaturist’s new writing night) and Ophelia (workshopped and directed by Ayse Tashkiran). She holds a BA in Drama and Creative Writing, and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice. Nicole runs theatre company Acquah&Co, focusing upon championing and celebrating Black British voices.

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.