What is the course about?
This course is for students who have already started writing creatively - for example, through a Ways into creative writing course or a similar introductory course - and wish to continue developing their skills, experimenting with creative language and techniques, and gaining inspiration from the study of a range of texts. Guided exercises and group discussion will increase your confidence and the range of your writing.
The Tutor: Maria Thomas is an award-winning writer of short fiction. She has taught writing at the University of Virginia, and as a Promising Scholar and Margaret McBride Lerhman Fellow at the University of Oregon where she studied for her MFA in Fiction. She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she researches creative writing pedagogy and is at work on a novel.
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?
- How to get started on a new piece
- Writing in different genres – poetry and prose
- Changing point of view and voice
- Stylistic devices used by writers.
-Planning a novel.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Recognise various devices and techniques used by writers, such as imagery, point of view, etc
- Apply these devices to your own writing
- Revise and edit your work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is not designed for beginners. Ideally you will have attended a Ways into creative writing course or two but do not wish to select a specific type of writing – such as short fiction, poetry or drama – as yet.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through tutor-led discussions, individual and group tasks, readings of published work to illustrate various points, receiving feedback on your own writing.
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?
No. Please bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build runs a range of intermediate courses dedicated to a particular type of writing, including Novel writing, Short story writing and Playwriting. Browse our full list of creative writing courses at bildutrapagaran.info/creativewriting
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