Ways into creative writing

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 23/03/20
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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


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 only 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.".

What will we cover?

Class exercises will cover a variety of approaches to different types of creative writing. Exercises are designed to bring out each student's individual creativity, unlock the imagination, and promote confidence. You'll be encouraged to share your ideas and your writing with the class. You will also be given the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from your peers and the tutor.

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 writing exercises, out-of-class assignments, discussion and interactive tutor presentations. 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. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet to use for in-class writing exercises if it will help you.

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. If you would like to continue building your confidence you are welcome to repeat Ways into creative writing, though we recommend you do so with a different tutor so as to experience a new approach. You can also progress to an intermediate level course such as Developing 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 Facebook and Twitter.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

You never know until you try! An experienced knowledgeable teacher who encouraged a supportive environment and pushed us to produce interesting work. Enjoyable and exhilarating, I would definitely recommend.
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Review by anna / (Posted on 11/07/2019)
A good introductory course, with lots of opportunities to get feedback on your own work.
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Review by Rachel / (Posted on 10/07/2019)
Highly enjoyable and informative. Go for it!
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Review by JtotheW / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
DO IT. You will not regret it. I feel like I've opened up and gained confidence in a whole new creative side of me I had dismissed completely.
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Review by Chloe / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
Go for it! I learnt all kinds of things I never expected to learn, made some lovely friends and got my writing confidence back!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
A great friendly environment, that encouraged us all to submit work and give and receive feedback. The tutor read our work as well, and added a few hand-written comments too, which was great.
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Review by Jane / (Posted on 26/03/2019)
This is a great opportunity to learn about the basics of creative writing, to build your confidence, and to get you into good writing habits. I thoroughly enjoyed the course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
Yes. Very much so.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/03/2019)
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)
Tutor Biographies
Christina Dunhill

Christina Dunhill is an acclaimed poet and short story writer. Her latest publication is Blackbirds (2012). Following an earlier career in publishing she taught on the MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the University of Sussex. Christina also works as a psychodynamic counsellor in private practice.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HW006

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Mon, day, 13 Jan - 23 Mar '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £209.00
Concession: £84.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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