Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images

Course Dates: 16/10/21 - 17/10/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
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Photographs are often used as inspiration for writing, but what if you want to include them in your stories? This course will focus on how to blend the visual element of photography with the textual element of writing to create compelling 'photo-fiction.'.
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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00

Course Code: HW187

Sat-Sun, day, 16 Oct - 17 Oct '21

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

Writing and photographs have always co-existed in harmony. This fun course encourages students to push the boundaries between the visual and the textual to inspire original fiction. You'll require a camera or camera-phone to hand in order to participate in this course.

Andrew Weale is a writer and photographer: a writographer. As the award-winning author of 5 picture books for children, he has always thought visually. As a street photographer he specializes in abstract and surreal images. In 2018 he put his writing and photography together to create his first piece of writography, London Out of Time. This is a photo/graphic novel, a completely new genre of book.

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?

- Wild photography: following your eye, shooting from the hip
- Wild writing: writing freely and instinctively
- Shaping a set of photographs with a fictional narrative
- Stimulating creative writing with photographs
- Using genre to frame and crystallize stories and photographs.

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

- Give and receive feedback with sensitivity
- Use photography to inspire fiction
- Understand some of the basic principles of fiction writing
- Start writing an original piece of 'photo-fiction'.

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

This is an introductory course open to all those with an interest in creative writing and photography. It is not designed for those who want to learn photography. You will need to be able to take photographs using your own camera or smart phone, and understand how to view those photographs on a computer. This course includes a brief solo field trip and you will need to be comfortable walking or moving a short distance outside your home. Suitable for those with a good grasp of English.

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

This course includes a brief solo field trip where you will make notes and take photographs. You will meet online with your class first and the tutor will give instructions from there. The course will consist of interactive tutor presentation, group work, discussion, and practical writing exercises.

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?

You will need a camera (phone camera is fine) and access to a laptop or tablet where you can upload and view your photographs.

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

Why not try another creative writing course at City Lit? We recommend Ways into creative writing for those beginners who want to try writing in a range of forms, and Writing fiction for those who are ready to progress to the intermediate level.

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.

Andrew Weale

Andrew Weale is a poet and author of five picture books, including Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate, and the Red House Award winning Spooky Spooky House. He also lectures on picture book writing at Winchester University as part of the Children’s Writing MA, and mentors writers for the highly successful Golden Egg Academy.

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.