What is the course about?
Learn to use the city around you to stimulate and inspire your prose, poetry or non-fiction projects. This course aims to stimulate writers towards engaging with the city and those who inhabit it as a way of inspiring new writing. Participants will reflect on their own work as well as gaining appreciating of the work of other writers.
Good writing derives from curiosity, close observation and looking afresh. This course will provide an enjoyable way both for those new to the city, as well as hardened Londoners, to generate material while discovering more about the original Big Smoke.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course, suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing. You should be an enthusiastic reader, and fluent in spoken and written English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn through a mixture of interactive tutor presentation, pair and group work, discussion, and writing exercises.
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?
There are no additional costs. Please bring writing materials. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet if you feel you would prefer to use one.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in enrolling on our Writing fiction or Developing your creative writing courses. Check out our prospectus online for further information.
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 bildutrapagaran.info/citylittalksback 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 bildutrapagaran.info/betweenthelines. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.