Short Courses in Creative Writing

Thursday evenings, 5pm to 7pm, Newcastle University

Course fee: £80/£60 concessions

30th September to 4th November 2010

(if you are submitting work for marking, the deadline is 22nd November)

  • Documentary Film

    Tutor: Tina Gharavi

    A chance to apply creative writing and screenwriting skills to the production of a short experimental documentary film (1- 2 minutes in length). There will be basic instruction in the use of digital cameras, sound recording and computer editing. The course will encourage visual storytelling through image and sound.

  • Poetry & Translation

    Tutors: Linda France, Desmond Graham & Francis Jones

    This course will explore the insight into creativity given by the act of translation. It looks at the work of a range of writers in world literature. Knowledge of a second language is not necessary.

  • Poetry Masterclass

    These are advanced workshops taught in two independent six week courses by some of the most prestigious tutors in the country, including Colette Bryce, Linda France, W.N. Herbert and Sean O'Brien.

11th November to 16th December 2010

(if you are submitting work for marking, the deadline is 10th January)

  • Writing & Health: Ideas & Practice

    Tutor: Cynthia Fuller

    This is a course for anyone interested in developing their own writing and in using creative writing to work with groups in health care or other community settings. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and practical issues in the use of literary arts in mental health, hospices, counselling services, and other areas of health care.

  • Writing for Radio

    Tutors: Margaret Wilkinson

    Learn all about writing for radio. Prose writers, poets and dramatists can all find their natural element in this medium which uniquely accommodates the love of language and sound; the intensity of drama and conflict; and the development of characters and internal thought.

  • Poetry: On Form

    Tutor: Colette Bryce

    Taking a fresh look at a range of traditional poetic forms and the ways in which they are being employed and revitalized by some of our best contemporary poets, and seeing how this might be reflected in our own work.

  • 'A World of their own': Writing for Young Adults

    Tutor: Ann Coburn

    Young adult readers are still questioning the world and everything in it, including themselves. They expect a lot from a book but, when they find it, they will connect with unrivalled intensity. Using some of the best writers for young adults as a starting point, you will look at how that connection is made (be it through character, genre, plot or subject matter) before attempting it in your own writing.

3rd February to 10th March 2011

(if you are submitting work for marking, the deadline is 28th March)

  • Improvisation & Adaptation

    Tutor: Ian Fenton

    Ever thought of adapting a poem into a film script, or a piece of music into a radio play? Adaptation is a wonderful way to free a writer from the pressures of generating an original idea, allowing them instead to concentrate on the essential craft of delivering a narrative. You will learn how to improvise new work from the art of other writers and artists, photographers and musicians.

  • Poetry Masterclass

    These are advanced workshops taught in two independent six week courses by some of the most prestigious tutors in the country, including Colette Bryce, Linda France, W.N. Herbert and Sean O'Brien.

  • Writing & Health: Writing in Groups

    Tutor: Cynthia Fuller

    This is a course for anyone interested in using creative writing to work with groups and individuals in health care or other community settings. The emphasis will be on building up a resource bank of exercises and examples to use with groups, and developing skills in setting up writing exercises.

  • Memoir Writing

    Tutor: Julia Blackburn & Jackie Kay

    Memoir writing is now one of the most popular of literary forms. It's also one of the richest and most accessible for both readers and writers. The emphasis of this course will be on reading and thinking critically about memoirs, and about the limits and possibilities of it as a form.

5th May to 9th June 2011

(if you are submitting work for marking, the deadline is 27th June)

  • Poetry: The Spirit of Place

    Tutor: Linda France

    A strong sense of place informs many of the world's most enduring and best-loved poems. In these practical workshops we will explore various interpretations of American poet Maxine Kumin's assertion 'Location is where we start from'.

  • Fiction Masterclass: Planning a Novel

    Tutor: Laura Fish

    The course aims to extend the skills of prose writers already engaged in writing a novel. We will explore how to plan and develop a novel by focusing on character, plot and structure, narrative view point and dialogue.

  • Writing for Children

    Tutor: Ann Coburn & Jackie Kay

    Students will read the works of contemporary writers such as Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson as well as dipping into children's classics from the past. They will learn what makes the work tick and attempt the same feat themselves.

  • Blog It

    Tutor: Judith O'Reilly

    The course will provide an insight into the phenomenon of blogging, what makes for good quality blog content and how to turn a blog into a book. It will provide students with the opportunity to set up their own blog and practical week-on-week feedback on how to improve their writing. (Students require their own laptop/notebook/tablet with wireless facility.)

Book NOW on 0191 208 7619, or email Melanie Birch