Ways into Creative Writing: Poems and Short Stories (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

This short 4-week course is an introduction to some of the important ingredients you need to create poems and short stories. We will explore where ideas come from and key tools and techniques that can help you write more effectively, such as structure, imagery and sound.

Each week you will be given writing exercises (sharing the results can be rewarding but it will always be optional!). You will also be encouraged to read other writers and poets to see how they do it.

* In Week 1 we will consider the power of poems and short stories and what they mean to us. We will also identify some topics you might want to write about and set off choosing a form you want to write in.
* Week 2 we will discuss the importance of point of view - who is telling your story; who is speaking in your poem? We will also look at ways to structure stories and poems.
* In week 3 we will think about the language we are using - the pictures and rhythms we can paint with our words.
* Week 4 will be about beginnings and endings; how we invite readers into our writing and how we might improve our writing.

Come and join us in creating a welcoming space to write.

Entry Requirements

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

Additional Information


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) 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.

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