The course explores the techniques of writing fiction and non-fiction through examples, writing exercises and discussion. Students do not need to have work-in-progress but should be aspiring writers to get the most from class feedback.
The lecturer is Nick Barlay, the well-known novelist and writer.
|Week 1:||Introduction - different forms: story, novels, scripts, life-writing, journalism|
|Week 2:||Structure - acts, archetypes and folk tales|
|Week 3:||Finding a voice - first and third person, authorial voice|
|Week 4:||Character - creation and development|
|Week 5:||Location - setting and context|
|Week 6:||Plot - the arrangement of incidents|
|Week 7:||Dramatic reconstruction - fiction, non-fiction and the role of research|
|Week 8:||Dialogue - purpose, techniques and voices|
|Week 9:||Writing business - publishers, agents and money|