Course overview

Have fun, find inspiration and develop creativity as we put the focus on tapping into the styles, structures and themes of a selection of iconic writers. Ever wished you could dash off a tale like Dickens? Bewitch the reader like Bronte or produce the wicked delight of Dahl? Perhaps the fantasy worlds of Terry Pratchett are more your thing - of you have a desire to pen crime story more akin to one from Val McDermid? There is no need to be an avid fan or reader of any of the writers covered - the focus is on what knowledge, skills, inspiration and motivation we take from each session.

Course description

This course will make use of a mix of informal feedback, lecture using PowerPoint slides, some focused group discussion/creative tasks in breakout rooms and feedback. Each session with examine the reoccurring approaches, style and traits of a different author be this plot, theme, approach to characters and cast design or anything else. We have fun and develop our creativity as we put the focus on tapping into the styles, structures and themes of a selection of iconic writers - what can we learn, what fresh inspiration and techniques can be gained for ourselves? With something or someone to hopefully suit most tastes: Val McDermid and her approach to Crime Writing, Roald Dhal and what he can teach us about the unexpected twist in a tale, classic writers such as Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte and the fantasy world of Terry Pratchett – how much to take the reader into another world but not quite leave too much reality behind. Suitable for beginners and seasoned scribblers! We examine story, structure, characters and genre conventions we should adhere to or disregard. Also considering our potential readership – could we really do a hard hitting crime novel suitable for young teens? And what if we were to update Dickens and/or Bronte – would/should our approach change?

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

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All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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