Writing Gothic YA fiction

Course Dates: 20/05/23
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
From dangerous secrets to dark romances, spooky settings to seductive supernatural beings, YA fiction and the gothic go hand in hand. In this short taster course we’ll dive into a world seeped in decay, haunted by death and fascinated with the macabre.
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: HW622

Sat, day, 20 May - 20 May '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

We’ll analyse the writing of contemporary YA writers as well as examine some of the Gothic Classics. And then put some of the principals into action with fast-paced writing exercises, designed to get you in the Gothic mood.

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?

The elements that characterise gothic fiction
Setting and atmosphere
Secrets and mystery
Plotting and pace
Character and conflict
How writing for a YA audience differs from writing for adults.

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

Identify the common elements that make a piece of writing gothic
Deconstruct and respond to writing samples with sensitivity
Demonstrate knowledge of how to create a strong sense of place
Plot stories with a mystery at the heart
Hone your writing craft through exercises.

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

Entry is open to all potential writers who can write fluent English.

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

- Talks with reference to contemporary YA works.
- Class writing exercises.
- Group discussion and group work.
- Independent reading and writing projects outside class.

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.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring writing materials.

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

Students may wish to join a Writing for Children Workshop or a more general fiction workshop course, to get feedback on their work in progress.

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.

Kim Curran

Kim Curran a multi-award-winning creative director and copywriter with over 20 years’ experience. She’s crafted copy for some of the world’s most famous brands and created campaigns for some of the world’s most important causes, including one that freed people from slavery. She’s also the author of chart-topping novels for teens, including Slay and Slay On Tour (Usborne). When she’s not doing all of that, she runs writing workshops in schools, delivers lectures on embracing failure in creativity and acts as a mentor to writers and tech start-ups.

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.