What is the course about?
On this fun, interactive course you'll be encouraged to toy with the tropes and structures established in Jane Austen's most famous romances and twist them to create an epic love story of your own design. Dream up a central couple that readers can't help but fall for and learn how to overcome the greatest obstacle romance writers ever face: cliché.
The Tutor: Nicola Doherty’s first novel ‘The Out of Office Girl’ was published by Headline in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Awards in the Romantic Comedy category. She has since published two more novels with Headline, and two YA books with Orion, most recently ‘Lola Offline' (2017). Her books have been translated into Italian, French, German, Polish and Turkish. Before beginning her writing career, Nicola was a commissioning editor at Hodder & Stoughton. She now writes full time and also works as a literary consultant with Cornerstones.
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?
- The conventions of the romance genre
- Common cliches and how to break them
- Romance settings with a twist
- Creating your central couple
- Plots and manipulations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Plot your own modern romance with a twist.
- Create a central couple with a believable romantic journey.
- Develop strategies for avoiding romantic cliches.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course suitable for students who have already completed an introductory creative writing course at City Lit.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Students will analyse excerpts from Austen's most beloved stories, and those from authors who have been influenced by her work, in order to explore new approaches to writing the modern-day romance. There will also be a mix of writing exercises, group discussions, group work activities, pair work 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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses for aspiring authors. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
AAll 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.