Date(s) - 06/07/2021 - 24/08/2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
With Andrew McDonnell
If you want to explore your inner-writer, then this is the course for you.
What makes a good piece of writing and what does it take to be a writer? This is a course designed to introduce you to different forms of writing — non fiction, fiction and poetry — as a way to help you explore new techniques and approaches.
In each class, we will look at short texts and think about how different writers use language to achieve their particular effects. Learning to read as a writer is a key part of the journey.
The sessions will include a carefully curated series of tried and tested creative writing exercises, so you will leave each week with a new idea for a story, a character, a setting; a brilliant new line of poetry or a great opening sentence for a piece of prose.
This will be a relaxed and enjoyable class, perfect for those getting started with creative writing.
This is a course designed to introduce you to different forms of writing where we will explore new techniques and approaches.
Each class will involve reading texts, group discussions, writing exercises and participating in constructive feedback sessions.
Week 1 – Beginnings
Week 2 – Exploring settings
Week 3 – Writing characters
Week 4- stories & narrative
Week 5 – prose to poetry
Week 6 – poetic forms
Week 7 Personal writing
Week 8 – Editing and redrafting work
About the Tutor
Andrew McDonnell is a published writer of poetry and short fiction. He is a director and editor with Gatehouse Press and editor of Lighthouse Literary Journal. He is the course leader for BA Hons pathways in English Literature and Creative Writing at University Centre Peterborough where he also runs the UCP Literary Festival. He also teaches for UEA and Anglia Ruskin.
His short stories and poetry have been published in a wide range of anthologies and journals. His poetry collection, ‘The Somnambulist Cookbook’ was published by Salt in June 2019. He is working towards a Phd on second person narration in literary short fiction.
- Children's Writing
- Creative writing
- Personal Writing
- Short Fiction
- Short Stories