Developing your fairytale
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW118
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course is designed to help students on their quest to write innovative fairytale stories. Ideally suited for students who have taken our Writing and rewriting fairytales workshop, Developing your fairytale explores approaches to perspective, narrative twists and fulfilling resolutions that bend traditional genre rules. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different approaches to writing and will have the opportunity to receive some constructive criticism on their work.
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?
- Approaches to perspective in fairytales.
- Approaches to narrative twists in fairytales.
- Approaches to resolutions in fairytales.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Experiment with writing from different perspectives in the fairytale genre.
- Experiment with developing a twist in your fairytale project.
- Experiment with writing more than one resolution to your fairytale.
- Apply constructive feedback to your writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideally, students will already have completed our Writing and rewriting fairytales workshop or have previous experience with writing in a fantasy genre. Students will need to come with a fairytale project in mind and have a character and storyline to work with.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of pair work, group work, writing tasks, text analysis and tutor 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.
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?
Please bring writing materials and details of your character and storyline with you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of genre fiction writing courses including Writing myths and Writing fantasy stories. For more information, please browse the writing section of our website.
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.
Nicole Acquah is a playwright, dramaturg and a performer/devisor. . She has taught Playwriting at Royal Holloway University, and is a resident playwright and visiting lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Nicole's semi-autobiographical show For a Black Girl had successful runs at VAULT Festival and Camden People’s Theatre, and was later commissioned by The Curve, Slough. In 2019, she was seed commissioned by Nouveau Riche Theatre Company, to write a new show called Caste-ing which was developed by and performed at The Barbican. She has been commissioned by RCSSD to write several plays for MA Advanced Theatre Practice, including infomania (also selected for The Miniaturist’s new writing night) and Ophelia (workshopped and directed by Ayse Tashkiran). She holds a BA in Drama and Creative Writing, and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice. Nicole runs theatre company Acquah&Co, focusing upon championing and celebrating Black British voices.
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