This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £95 / Conc. £71
We will explore the techniques used in the personal essay, the autofiction novel, and other journalistic and more experimental hybrid forms. As a supportive group, we will share work and offer one another feedback, pushing one another to be braver, more self-reflective, and more deeply engaged in our writing practice.
Each week we will look at and discuss extracts from contemporary writers working in different creative non-fiction forms. We will analyse and discuss the possibilities of each form and, in the week that follows, we will produce a piece of work in that style, sharing our work-in-progress with the group. We will also discuss ideas around "truth", "reality" and narrative, exploring how the political, the personal, and the imaginative intersect to create powerful and original writing.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who is curious about language and ideas. It is for anyone who wants to develop their creative writing skills, take risks, and engage in discussions about what it might mean to write the "truth". It is a course for anyone interested in exploring how different narrative forms offer us new ways to understand and write the reality around us.
Do I need any previous skills or knowledge?
No previous knowledge is needed, just an interest in life writing.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
A pen and paper, or computer, will be needed for taking notes.
Are there any follow-on courses I can take?
Bishopsgate Institute runs a range of creative writing classes, including classes in playwriting, life writing and short story writing.
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
You will learn
By the end of this course you will:
- Learn to read like a writer, developing a critical awareness of the forms and technique being used within a text
- Be introduced to the researching, editing, and structuring skills needed to make successful decisions about your own work
- Learn to take risks and explore new forms, harnessing playful experimentation in order to develop your ideas
- Discover new writers and develop an overview of current creative non-fiction trends and possibilities.
Meet the Tutor
Carmel holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow and a BA in Fine Arts. She has taught English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh and is currently a writing mentor for The Ministry of Stories and Clean Break theatre company. Her writing practice includes the critical essay, the short story and other more experimental hybrid forms. She is currently editing a fragmented auto-fiction novel and has written on arts and culture for Exeunt Magazine, Gutter, The Arts Desk, Tribuneand Film International, amongst others.
What is Creative Non-Fiction?
The Personal/Lyrical Essay
Memoir and Biography
This last session will be decided based on the interests of the class.
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 21:00
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Carmel Doohan
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