Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW083
Duration: 6 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
The world of LGBT+ fiction is diverse and thriving. From stories of love and relationships, adventure and fantasy, to those that explore identity and sexuality, the queer canon is ever expanding and growing our understanding of the craft of fiction. This practical course is designed to help writers connect to their creativity through active engagement with LGBT+ texts. You'll explore some of the techniques and themes in queer fiction and develop your own writing through a series of guided exercises. Classes will meet every other week to give students a chance to read and reflect.
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?
- Exploring queer as a genre: perspectives and approaches
- How to read as a writer
- Key fiction craft elements such as character, structure, and point of view
- Giving and receiving constructive feedback.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify some of the key debates in queer fiction
- Analyse and discuss fictional texts with confidence
- Understand some fundamental techniques in fiction writing and apply understanding to own work
- Produce several pieces of fiction
- Give and receive constructive feedback with sensitivity.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course suitable for those with some creative writing experience. You should be an enthusiastic reader with an interest in queer perspectives in fiction. Fluency reading and writing in English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will use analysis and discussion of published texts to inspire creative writing. Through tutor presentations, group work, and guided writing exercises that connect to the reading, you will gain an insight into your own fiction writing practice and develop your skills. You will be expected to complete reading and writing assignments set by the tutor at home.
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 may be encouraged to purchase specific texts - your tutor will inform you if this is the case. Please bring writing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may consider joining another intermediate fiction writing course such as Writing fiction, Starting your novel or Short story writing. If you feel ready to submit your writing for rigorous constructive feedback, you can progress to Advanced fiction writing workshop.
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.
Juliet Jacques is a writer and filmmaker based in London. She has published two books, most recently Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015), which was runner-up in the Polari First LGBT Book Award in 2016. Her short fiction, essays and journalism has appeared in Granta, Frieze, Sight & Sound, The Guardian, London Review of Books, New York Times and many other publications. Her short films have screened in galleries and festivals worldwide. She was included in The Independent on Sunday Pink List between 2011 and 2015, and in 2019, was included on the British Council's International Literature Showcase of leading British LGBTQI+ authors. She has given lectures, talks, seminars and tutorials at numerous universities including Sussex, UCL, Birkbeck, Central St. Martin's and the University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
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.