Join Creative Writing Online designed by the University of East Anglia's famous Creative Writing department with Writers' Centre Norwich.
Writing Fiction: The Essentials provides experienced tutelage in a supportive environment.
Whether you're taking up fiction writing for the first time, or you've already started but would benefit from some extra guidance then this 12 week course is for you.
About Writing Fiction: The Essentials - Online
11th April 2016 - 11th July 2016, £450 payable on being accepted onto the course.
This 12-week course will show you how to write prose fiction by looking at how to craft a good short story.
Prize-winning author Anjali Joseph will teach you how and where to look for ideas, how to use memory and imagination to develop story ideas, and how to observe and listen so that your story is believable and convincing.
You'll be guided through creating characters, developing plot, and balancing how to show and tell a reader what is happening in your story. In addition you'll tackle writing convincing dialogue and effective description, as well as the intricacies of managing character, time, place and navigating different forms of narrative.
By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the elements of a short story. You will have written your own complete short story using the skills you have learnt, and will know how to keep your own writer's notebook for future projects.
Anjali will give you one-to-one feedback throughout the course and you'll be encouraged to share your learning and ideas with fellow classmates via the online discussion forum. By working on set exercises and completing assignments, you'll gain a solid understanding of story writing. Your efforts will be rewarded with a Certificate of Attendance from the University of East Anglia and Writers' Centre Norwich.
Read full course outline: PDF | Word About Anjali Joseph
Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, has taught English at the Sorbonne, and written for the Times of India in Bombay.
She was commissioning editor of ELLE India. Her first novel Saraswati Park (2010) won the Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was joint winner of India's Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction.
Another Country, her second novel, was published in 2012 and was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.
How does the online course work?
By choosing to study online with the WCN - UEA Creative Writing Programme, you will gain access to a university level course written and taught exclusively by your tutor.
The online course is designed so that you can work at home at a time that suits you (there are no set class times). For each module you can download a pack of core information from our secure website (you will be given personal log-in details). Each pack comprises key learning materials, exercises, reading materials and a written task to complete to a specific deadline.
Your tutor will give you written feedback on each task, this bespoke criticism being invaluable in your progression as a writer, and far out-weighing the level of personal feedback you could expect in an average course.
Throughout, you can share your work with and chat to your group (max 15 participants) using our forum, designed especially for creative writers. You tutor will contribute to these discussions. You will also be able to email your tutor privately with any questions you might have about the course.
At the close you will get more extensive feedback about your work from your tutor, including advice about where to take your writing next. You will also get a Certificate of Completion from the UEA/WCN.
If you live in the East of England, and would prefer to learn in a face-to-face environment, we are also running both beginner and intermediate courses at Writers' Centre Norwich. These are all part of our WCN-UEA International Creative Writing Programme, with the face-to-face Beginner course being led by Ian Nettleton and the face to face Intermediate course led by Sarah Bower. We also offer a beginners' poetry course led by poet Liz Berry, online.
Our focus is on helping you progress as a writer in very practical terms.
How to Apply
Places on this course are now fully booked
. If you would like to be placed on the reserve list, or to register your interest in the September semester course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org