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Introduction to Creative Writing | Goldsmiths University

Goldsmiths, University of London

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 18:30 - Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at 20:30 (BST)

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All writing is an act of faith, and on this short course you will gain faith in your ability, becoming a writer with imaginative flair. We’ll explore technical aspects of writing, so that you can confidently recognise and use devices such as point of view, voice, plot, poetic form, rhythm and imagery. In addition, you’ll learn how to read as a writer and be able to respond sensitively and critically to other people’s work. Over the course of this ten week programme you will also understand how to self-edit, produce finished pieces, gain commercial awareness of literary publication, and be able to transfer your writing skills to other fields. 

The first five weeks of the course will focus on prose writing, exploring extracts from a range of novelists and short story writers including David Foster WallaceAlice MunroLorrie Moore and David Szalay. We will study writing techniques such as how to craft character, create a sincere voice, write surprising plots and original points of view. The last five weeks of the course will be dedicated to writing poetry, where will examine the workings of poetic logic, metaphor, form, and sound. We will study a range of poets such as CavafyT.S. EliotElizabeth Bishop, and contemporary poets like Liz BerryOcean Vuong, and Andrew McMillan.

Throughout the course, the first half of each seminar will look at an extract of published prose or poetry in order to get a strong feel for writing techniques—so vital to developing your own work. The second hour will consist of workshopping, where you will receive and gain constructive feedback on your own work. Feedback is invaluable to one’s growth as a writer, and so each student on the course will have the chance to present their own writing at least two times for critical comment in the workshops. The class will form a community of writers who respond sensitively and constructively to each individual’s work.  

Why Study this Course?

On this course you will learn to:

• Read as a writer, and in so doing become attuned to important writing practices.
• Develop your understanding of writing techniques, and use them in your own work. 
• Enhance your imagination by carrying out a series of innovative writing exercises. 
• Develop a writer’s ear for words that ring false and those that sound true, which will in turn inform your capacity to self-edit. 
• Learn about fiction and poetry publishing and how to get your work in print. 
• Receive peer feedback on your own work at least twice, which will help with redrafting.

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When & Where

SE14 6NW
Goldsmiths, University of London
Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 18:30 - Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at 20:30 (BST)

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Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, known for its excellence in creative and cultural arts, humanities and social sciences, is launching an exciting range of adult education and short training courses, giving busy people the chance to work towards new opportunities and a more fulfilling future. We are presenting a diverse, new range of evening and weekend courses, taught by the same experts that teach our ground-breaking degree programmes. This is a chance for you to get a taste of the challenging courses that has made our graduates so successful in creative, cultural and business communities.

So whether you want to learn a new career skill, enhance your job prospects or just discover a new hobby, and at the same time develop your networks, then our short courses are a great opportunity to enrich your life and join the vibrant learning community at a world-class university.

What are we offering? Short courses in Business, Innovation and Marketing, Creative Computing, English & Comparative Literature, Music, Dance and Drama, as well as Social Science subjects applied to real life such as Anthropology, Psychology, Social , Therapeutic and Community Studies.

Goldsmiths is also home to the only Confucius Institute, whereby professional arts platforms are used to promote Chinese language and culture.



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