What is the course about?
The aim of this one-day course is to explore the genre of creative non-fiction and introduce the various kinds of non-fiction writing. The day will include a practical writing element, with some short exercises done in the class which will receive feedback.
Students say: "Good discussion, interesting readings and examples"; "Great techniques were provided for improving my writing"; "Very friendly, approachable, unintimidating atmosphere"; "Really interesting"; "I felt the day had been very worthwhile and I learned a lot.".
What will we cover?
- The definition of creative non-fiction
- Narrative structure and time line
- Character development.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Think critically about the genre of creative non-fiction
- Write more confidently in the creative non-fiction form.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No qualifications are required other than a good level of spoken and written English and an enthusiasm for
reading and writing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through presentation, tutor-led group discussion, and some short writing exercises done in class followed by feedback from the tutor and other members of the class.
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?
Pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offers a full-length 'Creative non-fiction' course, plus courses in journalism, autobiographical writing and biography writing.
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. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. 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