Each session is structured around a theme. There are opportunities to work across a number of life writing forms, such as: autobiographical writing, themed memoir, creative non-fiction - and more. Students will develop one writing exercise piece more fully for the end of the programme, and there is time for personal writing tutorials in the final session.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
You will need a pen and notebook for in-class and at-home writing exercises and notes. You are invited to bring a writing journal and reading journal with you too, but this is optional. In session 1, you will be given a reading list of around 50 published life writing texts. All students should select a book that reflects your personal writing interests for use in a mini book presentation during session 3 or 4.
Do I need any previous skills or knowledge?
None required, apart from a fluent level of spoken and written English.
Meet the Tutor
Nick Barlay is the author of four widely acclaimed novels, including Hooky Gear, which was mentioned among Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He was born in London to Hungarian Jewish refugee parents, and his first non-fiction book, Scattered Ghosts, explores the story of his family over two centuries. It was longlisted for the Wingate Prize 2015. He has also written short stories, award-winning radio plays and wide-ranging journalism, including a long-running series about London for the Times. He regularly teaches fiction and life writing, as well as Guardian Masterclasses on writing a family history.
Week by Week
Week 1 - Tuesday 14 January
Creative Ideas Generation: Life Writing Life Writing & Place
Week 2 - Tuesday 21 January
Creative Ideas Generation: Life Writing Character Development & Creating A Life Writing Scene
Week 3 - Tuesday 28 January
Student Mini Book Presentations Themed Memoir
Week 4 - Tuesday 4 February
Student Mini Book Presentations Narrative Shapes For Life Writing: Fragmentation, Through-Lines and Blogs
Week 5 - Tuesday 11 February
Narrative Shapes For Life Writing: Circular Structures & Classic Structures
Week 6 - Tuesday 18 February
Student-Selected Content Theme Personal Writing Tutorials
The above outline is intended to give a good indication of what material students can expect to cover during the course, but the exact content of the course may differ.
Need to Know
- 18:30 - 20:30
- Full £106 / Conc. £79
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Nick Barlay
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