Ways into creative writing

Course Dates: 14/01/19 - 25/03/19
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Maria Thomas

Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.

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Ways into creative writing


What is the course about?

This is a friendly and hands-on introduction to creative writing. You'll be encouraged to think in a creative way and to experiment with language in prose fiction, poetry and other media. You'll gain a greater understanding of the devices and techniques used by writers, and unlock your imagination as you begin to produce work of your own. This course is not designed for students wishing to improve their grammar and punctuation skills.

Students say: "It was a warm, encouraging and nurturing environment"; "I liked the vibe, the positive attitude, and the feedback from the tutor"; "There was variety - we did lots of exercises, feedback, and interesting stuff"; "The group was open, friendly and supportive"; "I liked meeting people with writing in common"; "I could feel my confidence growing."

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?

Class exercises are designed to bring out each student's individual creativity, unlock the imagination, and promote confidence. Students and the tutor respond to the work individuals choose to read out in a supportive workshop atmosphere.

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

- Respond to, assess and discuss pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Recognise and develop your own writing skills
- Identify various techniques used by creative writers, such as imagery, point of view, first person/third person narrative
- Begin to apply these techniques in your own writing
- Produce several pieces of writing - poems, short fiction and other media.

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

This is an introductory course and no previous writing experience is required. You should be able to read and write fluently in English, and be enthusiastic about the prospect of reading and writing prose fiction and poetry.

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

You will learn through in-class exercises, out-of-class assignments, and discussion with the other students and your tutor. Writing tasks will also be set as homework. You will be invited to read out texts you produce in class and at home.

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?

Please bring your own writing materials.

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

Build offers a fantastic range of creative writing courses covering all genres and levels of ability. You can progress to Furthering your Creative Writing, where you'll continue to experiment with a range of forms. Or you can take a course in a particular medium, including novel and short story writing, screenwriting, playwriting, and creative non-fiction. To browse our full range of creative writing courses, visit bildutrapagaran.info/creativewriting.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work 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


Customer Reviews 7 item(s)

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Excellent introduction to Creative Writing; caters to a broad taste while providing opportunities to get to grips with the basics of creative writing.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/12/2018)
I recently finished the “Ways into Creative Writing” course and I can’t recommend it enough. The tutor created a safe and comfortable learning environment to share your own creative writing, and provided knowledge of key techniques using in-depth and interesting analysis of short stories and poetry. I met some great people during the course and wrote 3 original pieces of creative writing - not bad for someone who was struggling to even finish a book for months before. Best of all, the class really reinvigorated my love for reading and for analysing literature, developing my creative thinking and building my writing confidence. If you’re looking to rediscover your love for creative literature and find ways into creative writing as a hobby (or even a career) then look no further.
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Review by Emma B / (Posted on 30/06/2018)
This course has really changed the way I think about reading and writing. We learnt a lot about theory - voice, form, style, etc - and had the chance to put our ideas into practice. I really enjoyed hearing other students' stories and presenting my own. The tutor was very sensitive, encouraging and knowledgeable. An excellent course!
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Review by VC / (Posted on 28/03/2018)
[The following review is for Ways into creative writing: an introduction.]

A very well structured course with an opportunity to share work, be taught key principles of creative writing and to practice writing in a guided way.
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Review by Emma / (Posted on 09/02/2018)
[The following review is for Ways into creative writing: an introduction.]

Consistently interesting and stimulating with a variety of activities, feedback and matieral to widen one's outlook and approach. All student work listened to with respect and very helpful attention. A most rewarding learning process and surpassed all my expectations.
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Review by Pat / (Posted on 09/02/2018)
I loved the atmosphere, the support from the other students, and the encouragement. It was very practical and hands-on, with plenty of opportunities to write. Fantastic.
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Review by John / (Posted on 07/02/2018)
A thoroughly engaging class. The tutor was fantastic and provided great feedback about my creative writing and how I can improve. I gained confidence to share my work and continue writing. A very inclusive and supportive environment. I really enjoyed this course.
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Review by Emily / (Posted on 06/02/2018)

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Course Code: HW010

Please choose a course date 

Mon, eve, 14 Jan - 25 Mar '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £80.00

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