Writing myths: a taster
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW157
Duration: 2 sessions
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What is the course about?
This taster session allows learners to explore the elements of myth writing in a supportive atmosphere. Students will have the opportunity to start writing their own twists inspired by traditional archetypes and themes.
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?
- Extracts from various myths.
- Basic myth storylines.
- The importance of archetypes.
- Approaches to writing your own myths.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the common elements of mythical storylines.
- Understand the importance of using archetypes in your stories.
- Gain awareness of approaches to writing your own myths.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is an introductory course suitable for students at all levels. Students will need to write fluently in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of pair and group work, tutor instruction, text analysis and writing exercises.
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?
Please bring writing materials such as pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you enjoyed this course you may enjoy our taster days on Writing and rewriting fairytales.
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.
Maria Contos has published many stories with mythical themes. She has also written and performed puppet shows and plays based on myths. She has adopted myths for television and theatre, teaches mythology and runs creative writing workshops. She also teaches languages.
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.