Advanced Fiction Writing
What you will learn
A seminar style course exploring character, plotting, narrative structure and prose style with the opportunity to workshop material. There will be ongoing discussions about the best way to get published. Taught by writer and former literary agent Kate Horsley.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Plan, write, draft and re-draft a piece of fiction (ie the opening chapters of a novel, or a completed short story) of no more than 4,000 words.
- Have greater awareness of craft and technique of fiction writing through in-class workshopping of studentsÆ own work.
- Have clearer analysis of text
- Understand more about the best way to find the right agent!
Class format and activities
Class discussions will explore several aspects of fiction writing (character, story structure, POV, language etc) often using a short literary text as a platform for debate. Students will undertake practical written exercises to further cement their understanding of the issues that have arisen during discussions. Workshopping of students’ writing will take place at the end of the seminar, but is not compulsory.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
A good command of written English, combined with a passion for the written word!
What you need to know before you enrol
Students will be asked to submit a final piece of work of up to 4,000 words (although it can be shorter). There may be some reading required at home.
What you will need for your class
Notebook and a pen.
If a student’s writing is being workshopped, the student will be asked to bring print-outs for everyone attending the seminar (tutor will give specifics of numbers etc nearer the time).
What you can do next
The tutor’s aim is to instil good writing and self-editing habits to be carried on after the course ends. For those students who feel they are ready to seek professional help, there will be practical tips about how best to approach agents and publishers.