Writing experimental fiction: a taster

Course Dates: 03/06/23 - 04/06/23
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Location: Online
Writing fiction is always an experiment in how to connect to your reader, but some stories push the boundaries of form to the extreme. In this advanced course you'll test the limits of your imagination to craft fiction that breaks all the rules with purpose.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00

Course Code: HW059

Sat-Sun, day, 03 Jun - 04 Jun '23

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

Experimentation is a key aspect of any fiction writing project, but some stories don't want to fit neatly into established forms. In this course you'll explore what it means to experiment with form in fiction, analyse how other writers have done it successfully, and write your own original stories that derive meaning from doing things a little differently.

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?

- What does it mean to experiment in fiction?
- Key movements in experimental fiction
- Breaking rules with purpose
- Exploring the relationship between aesthetics, theme, and meaning
- Finding the experiment that's right for you.

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

- Give and receive feedback with confidence
- Identify key movements in experimental fiction
- Identify some experimental techniques
- Understand why writers break with tradition
- Craft an experimental piece of fiction that will resonate with a reader.

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

This is an advanced level course. It is suitable for those with lots of experience writing fiction, though you may be new to experimental fiction. You must be an avid reader of fiction and fluent in English.

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

You will learn through a variety of methods including interactive tutor presentation, group and pair work, analysis and discussion of published texts and guided writing activities. You will be expected to share your work with the group.

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?

There are no additional costs. Please bring writing materials.

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

If you are ready to submit your writing for rigorous constructive feedback you can enrol on Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop. Or if you are eligible you can apply for Masterclass: Fiction (the term-long or year-long workshop).

Our Craft Focus series is also available to writers who wish to focus on an isolated element of fiction writing craft. We offer short intensive courses in developing character, plot, setting, point of view, and more. See our website or contact the department for advice on how you can develop a programme of fiction writing study.

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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