Writers on Writing
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT265
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online literature course will give students the opportunity to read some fascinating essays about writing written by writers. We will be looking at a wide array of work from across 20th and 21st century writings, but all of our reading will cover important questions about what it means to be a writer, the relationship between art and politics, and how a writer finds their own voice. We will also look at how writers talk about the work of other writers they admire, and what it can tell us about writing today.
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?
We will be covering work by Virginia Woolf, Alexander Chee, Brian Dillon, Patricia Lockwood, James Baldwin, and Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as thinking more broadly about the essay, nonfiction writing, and the cultural importance of writers in general.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Have a wider knowledge of 20th century and contemporary literature
Talk confidently about the essay form
Talk about the work of the selected author with greater familiarity
Discuss some issues and ideas about writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideally suited to those who have studied literature before, and/or have some interest in the essay form.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be primarily based in group discussion, but there will also be some short introductory lectures each week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The tutor will provide a course pack with all the essays, but students may wish to purchase the following:
Brian Dillon, Suppose a Sentence
Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For other Literature courses look under History, Culture and Writing/Literature at www.citylit.ac.uk.
Katie Da Cunha Lewin is a teacher and researcher based in London. She has a PhD in literature, focusing on the novels of J.M. Coetzee and Don DeLillo. She is the co-editor of Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives published by Bloomsbury and recently wrote an entry on Don DeLillo for the Dictionary of Literary Biography. In addition to teaching at City Lit, Katie teaches courses on literature, theory and film at the University of Sussex, Bishopsgate, the IF Project and at Picturehouse Cinemas.
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.