Craft focus: setting in fiction

Course Dates: 30/10/21 - 31/10/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Setting is one of the integral elements of fiction craft. It is essential for building a world that a reader can escape into and for providing context that supports character and plot. In this practical intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HW402

Sat-Sun, day, 30 Oct - 31 Oct '21

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

Alongside character, setting is one of the most integral elements of story-telling. When successful it can help readers immerse themselves in the story world, anchor character actions and perspectives, and even, sometimes, assume the features of a character in its own right. This day workshop instructs students on how to manipulate this area of story-telling to enrich the reader experience and resonance of their stories.

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?

- How does genre affect setting?
- Which structural techniques are useful when creating a sense of setting?
- Which language techniques are useful when creating a sense of setting?
- What role do year, seasoon, month, and time of day play in setting?

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

- Understand the elements of setting that can be manipulated by the author.
- Understand the structural and language techniques useful to establishing setting.
- Write your own story-opening that conveys a layered sense of setting.

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

This course is open to those new to writing fiction and those with some experience. You should be an avid reader of fiction. Fluency in English is essential.

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

A mixture of writing exercises, group work, pair work and formal teacher instruction.

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?

No additional costs. Please bring writing materials.

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

Collect the other Craft Focus courses on offer to give key elements of your writing the special attention they deserve. Or, why not try one of our term-long fiction courses? You may also enjoy a Reading for writers course, or the Craft of fiction reading and writing group. There are lots of options to develop your fiction available via the online prospectus. If you need help finding the right one, just give us a call!

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.

Nicola Doherty

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 and have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. 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.

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.