What is the course about?
Students will be given a range of writing prompts to inspire a piece of writing in a genre of their choice. Participants will receive tutor and peer feedback on their writing. This workshop is perfect for established writers looking for fresh inspiration or for beginning writers looking for ways into their writing journey.
The Tutor: Writer/playwright Sue Healy’s work has been developed by the Abbey and Criterion Theatres. Most recently, Cow (2017) showed at the Etcetera and Brazen Strap (2016) ran at the King’s Head, funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s work has also been performed at the Hackney Attic, Claremorris Festival (New Writing Award winner), Brighton Festival (the Sussex Playwrights’ Award Winner) and Sterts Theatre. Her her nine radio-plays have broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has won prizes for her prose including the Molly Keane and HISSAC Awards, BBC Opening Lines and the Escalator Award. A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue spent eleven years in Budapest editing Hungary A.M. She is completing a Ph.D. and is Literary Manager at the Finborough.
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.
What will we cover?
- Inspiration in our pockets.
- Inspiration on our doorstep.
- Inspiration from across the globe.
- The characters in our lives.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the sources of inspiration available in your daily life.
- Develop strategies for spotting inspiration.
- Develop strategies for manipulating the events of your daily life into stories and poems.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course and is open to all. You will need a good grasp of English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through a mix of writing prompts, group work, pair discussion, workshopping and formal instruction from the tutor.
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?
Writing materials. Please feel free to bring a laptop or tablet to use during writing exercises, if you feel it will help you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in doing some more creative writing in our fun introductory courses, Ways into creative writing or Ways into creative writing: an introduction. Feel free to call the department for more advice on which writing course to take next.
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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details