Creative writing at Books On The Hill- Essential skills

Creative writing at Books On The Hill- Essential skills

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1 Holywell Hill

1 Holywell Hill

St Albans


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Creative writing at Books On The Hill- Essential skills

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If you have the urge to write, this is an opportunity to develop your essential skills. Following our first very successful four-week course, we shall continue to explore the fundamental techniques of writing. In the creative atmosphere of Books on the Hill’s reading room, you will learn about the most fundamental techniques of writing. In these well-structured sessions, tutor, Clare Hobba, will also provide starting point prompts to launch you on your own writing journey. There will be the opportunity to share and review one another’s writing in class.

The course will take place over four sessions which will last 2 hours each, taking place on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 12pm. The first session will take place on the 27th September and will continue weekly until our last session taking place on 18th October 2022**.

The shape of each session will be:

· Cover this week’s topic – handouts, discussions, exercises

· Writing exercise based on this week’s topic

· Read writing aloud – positive review of one another’s work, moderated by Clare

The week course structure~

1) Creating pictures in the reader’s mind. How to immerse our reader in the story – using the essential technique of ‘show not tell’.

2) Sharp descriptions. Descriptions can convey much more information than at first sight – we learn how to include clues and connotations.

3) Lifelike characters. The characters are what make a story compelling – we look at more ways to give our characters depth.

4) Dialogue. Dialogue brings a story to life – we explore good practice in writing dialogue

About Clare ~

Clare Hobba is a local writer and teacher with over ten years of experience tutoring creative writing classes and workshops. She has written numerous short stories which have been published by Writers Rebel and performed at the Greenbelt Festival, St Albans Literary Festival and on Radio Verulam. Her novels have been runner up for the Winston Graham Prize and longlisted for the MsLexia and Cinnamon Prizes. She has also published over forty non-fiction articles and regularly reviews books for the St Albans Podcast.

*The course will not run if numbers are insufficient, and a refund will be provided.

**This course is intended to be face-to-face, but if external factors change (e.g. a Lockdown), some or all sessions may be held online, using Zoom.

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