The London School of Journalism

Creative Writing


A course that covers the main techniques of writing utilising a blend of workshops, class discussion and teaching. Designed for both novice and intermediate writers of fiction, the techniques and practices discussed will be common to both short story and novel writing.

Tutor:  Nick Barlay - author and journalist

Day 1: Finding the writer / the writer's eye Why write? Motivations and responsibilities. Need versus desire. Overview of form and content in chosen formats. Observation and expression. Style, the use of personal experience and its application within fiction/non-fiction. Narrative structures. Contrast between original material and working from sources (adaptation, non-fiction, reportage)
Day 2: Characterisation / Plot Creating characters - creation, consistency, interplay and the role major and minor characters within story revelation. Dialogue - Character voice, authenticity and the need for differentiation within authorial voice. Plot versus 'no plot'. Objectives within structure and the use of suspense.
Day 3: Settings, genres / the Industry Contemporary and historical landscapes and their role in the conveyance of meaning. Exploring the challenges of genre, opening up the writer to expressing the authorial voice in imaginative worlds. Art versus commerce. Business relationships - editors, agents, support organisations and sources of finance.
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