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Creative Writing - Exploring Creative Writing
C01016

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

This course explores all aspects of creative writing to help you discover your voice and develop your creative writing skills. You will be stimulated, challenged and entertained in equal measure and, as your confidence grows, you will gain mastery across the forms and genres, allowing your creative voice to grow and giving full reign to your imagination. Whether you wish to explore or enhance your creative writing skills, this is the course for you.

Course Content

This course explores all aspects of creative writing to help you discover your voice and develop your creative writing skills. You will be stimulated, challenged and entertained in equal measure and, as your confidence grows, you will gain mastery across the forms and genres, allowing your creative voice to grow and giving full reign to your imagination. Whether you wish to explore or enhance your creative writing skills, this is the course for you

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

We will cover the essential universal elements of storytelling: plot structure, characterisation, setting, use of language, dialogue and theme. We will then look at everything from short stories, flash fiction, novels, TV and film scriptwriting to stage plays. There will also be advice on the publishing industry and how to find a publisher or broadcaster for your work.
You will be encouraged and stimulated to write your own fiction over the course, whether from your ongoing work or ideas you find as the course develops. Many students are able to write a complete short story over the ten weeks. We will discuss aspects of theory but much of your learning will be from your own efforts.
We will look at the work of the great classic and contemporary writers and listen to recordings and video clips.
Whatever your level of experience, you will come out of the course inspired, full of ideas and with your skills and confidence enhanced.

First Class Requirements

Students are advised to bring pens, paper and a folder (for storing work, notes and handouts). Laptops, tablet computers and recording devices e.g. dictaphones are optional but welcome.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance required.

Assessment Methods

Progress and achievement will be assessed by a mix of one-to-one feedback in class and the marking of (optional) writing tasks. Feedback is designed to be supportive and is tailored to the needs and aspirations of the individual student.

Further Study Options

Students might also like to consider the RHACC course in Writing Freelance Magazine Articles. This course explores non-fiction writing for fun and profit.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on lrc@rhacc.ac.uk. We are here to help you.

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