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Theme focus: writing sex, love, and sexuality

Course Dates: 18/06/22 - 02/07/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made
anew." -Ursula Le K. Guin. Learn how to write compelling representations of all kinds of love, sex, and sexuality on this supportive course designed to support those writing in any creative form.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00

Course Code: HW270

Sat, day, 18 Jun - 02 Jul '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Love, sex, and sexuality come in a wonderful variety of different forms. This course will help you identify where to begin writing on the theme, and offer support and guidance to help you grow your confidence. You'll learn how to write compelling representations of platonic and romantic love, through discussion and analysis of published examples, and writing exercises tailored to help you get the most out of your ideas. You'll explore overcoming squeamishness, building character and plot in love and sex scenes, finding your voice, and more. The form you choose to write in (fiction, poetry, scripts) is up to you; theme is the central focus of this course.

Please note: this course is not suitable for those interested in writing pornography.

What will we cover?

- Understanding theme & subtext
- Finding voice and style
- Overcoming qualms
- Building character and plot when we write sex, love and sexuality
- Exploring our ethics, politics and playfulness.

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

- Try different styles and forms of writing about love, sex and sexuality
- Identify and analyse how different writers approach the subject
- Start to identify your voice and interests
- Produce original pieces of writing.

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

This course is suitable for those who have some experience of creative writing. This course is not suitable for those interested in writing pornography. You will need to be fluent in English, and have confident I.T. skills.

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

- Interactive tutor presentation
- Discussion and analysis of published examples
- Writing exercises
- Feedback on written work

You will be set optional homework assignments to complete in your own time.

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?

No additional costs. Please bring writing materials.

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

You may be interested in taking one of our courses in novel writing, short fiction writing, playwriting, screenwriting or creative non-fiction. See our prospectus online for more details of what's on offer.

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.

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