Advanced critical workshop: masterclass

Course Dates: 16/04/18 - 02/07/18
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
Tutor: Jonathan Barnes

This intensive and advanced critical workshop is open to just ten students enrolled through a selection process. Thanks to the exclusivity of this course, students will receive in-depth feedback on their novel or short stories. Students will also benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.

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Advanced critical workshop: masterclass


What is the course about?

Students wishing to enrol on this course must submit a page of writing to the creative writing department ([email protected]). Ten students will then be selected to participate and have their work discussed and critiqued. You will benefit from an in-depth exploration of approaches to writing and revising fiction. All forms of fiction writing - long or short - are supported on this course.

There will be no class on Monday 7 May 2018 and Monday 28 May 2018 due to bank holidays.

The Tutor
Jonathan Barnes is the author of three novels. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review and has contributed to the Arts pages of The Lancet. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Kingston University. He is also the author of several full-cast audio dramas from Big Finish Productions, featuring characters from Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein and Doctor Who.

Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

- Constructive workshopping of student short stories and novel excerpts
- Craft issues, which will usually arise through workshopping, such as character, point of view, pacing, structure and style
- The process of revision.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Assess and respond to pieces of writing with acumen and sensitivity
- Identify the basic issues involved in writing fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, etc.
- Apply your critical and editorial skills to your own work
- Produce submissions for comment on a regular basis.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Please submit a page of your writing to [email protected] and put 'Advanced Critical Workshop: Masterclass Application' in the subject line. The course is aimed at experienced writers who have previously attended writing courses and who have some years experience of writing fiction. Some students will have attended the masterclass in previous terms.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through discussion, peer evaluation and tutor feedback.

All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Students, where possible, will be asked to provide photocopies of their work for discussion.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The next step will be discussed individually with each participant.

All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Visit for more details or if you're interested in reading your work. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology. Learn more at For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


This course has now started

Course Code: HW445

Started Mon, eve, 16 Apr - 02 Jul '18

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £299.00
Concession: £299.00
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