Writing for blogs: a taster
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: HJ102
Duration: 2 sessions
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What is the course about?
This fun and interactive workshop provides introductory information to students who are just starting their blogging journey. Tips, techniques and approaches to writing intriguing, compelling and inspiring blogposts will be provided.
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?
- Develop an understanding of why you want to blog and what you hope to get from it.
- Start to understand who you want your reader to be, and why they would want to read your blog.
- Learn more about the different style of blogs.
- Understand the basics that a blog post and a blog should contain.
- Begin to understand how a blog gets found by others, and how you can promote your blog.
- A chance to ask questions about your own blog ideas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand what you want your blog to be, and have tangible 'next steps' to work on.
- Develop your understanding of blogs, and what being a blogger means.
- Generate a list of blog post ideas that you're ready to write.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course. Students will need to write in fluent English and will need an enthusiasm for starting or developing their own blog.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with a mix of pair work, tutor instruction, short writing tasks and extract analysis.
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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of non-fiction writing courses. For more information, 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.
Lorna V is an award-winning playwright, performance artist, writer and educator. She has contributed to many publications including the Daily Mail, the Guardian Weekend, Sunday Times Style, and Time Out where she was lifestyle editor. She has written three personal development books for the Psychologies magazine brand published by Wiley. Her interest in psychology led to an MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health. As a writer-performer she has appeared at venues and festivals in and out of London, including Battersea Arts Centre, Blue Elephant Theatre and Oxford’s Old Fire Station. She has just embarked on a PhD at Queen Mary University of London's School of English and Drama, investigating and making solo theatre work that addresses heritage and mental health.
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.