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About the Course
The aim of the course is to enable the beginner to work on developing their writing skills in a variety of different areas, including poetry, short story writing, flash fiction, playwriting and writing a full-length novel.
It’s for people who have not attended a creative writing course before, and are looking for a challenge.
You will be offered advice and feedback in a supportive, seminar environment to help your writing develop and progress.
Classroom discussions and critiques will be combined with a variety of practical homework exercises.
These will be the stimuli to aid the creative process and exploration of your writing skills, offering new insights and inventive approaches to your individual projects.
During this course, you will:
- learn how to get started and find inspiration
- create a sense of place for your writing and your characters
- develop the hook that will get readers to read on
- understand the different working styles for different writing projects
- use poetry as a way in to further creative writing
- learn about the importance of a well-constructed synopsis
- learn that the end is just the beginning, and how to redraft and refine your work.
What will you gain?
By the end of the course, you will have a variety of writing projects in development, and a network of fellow writers and potential collaborators with whom you can progress your work further.
"Working with Tina was amazing, getting insight and feedback from a professional writer has helped me develop and refine my style and skills. I have started on my novel and entered both a short story and play writing competition! Without Tina I would not have had the confidence to do any of this. A truly wonderful ten-week course. Fantastic value too.” CD
"Tina was a great tutor. Never thought I would begin to write a play!" LF
"Very engaging and inspiring." KS
Entry requirement: No experience is required.
Tutor profile: Tina Jay is an award winning playwright, having won both the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing for her play ‘Walking’ and the International Student Playscript Competition (judged by Sir Ayckbourn) for ‘Rotten Apples’.
She has had a number of plays performed in London, at venues including Tristan Bates, The Park Theatre, The Lost Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Barons Court and Rich Mix, as well as at The Royal Exchange in Manchester.
Her play HELD was performed in 2017 for a two week run at Tristan Bates Theatre in the West End, starring Jack Brett Anderson (Wolfblood, Genius: Picasso, King Edward II at Rose Theatre). Tina’s new play SYNDROME has just completed a two week at Tristan Bates Theatre in February 2020, with Jack Brett Anderson as Director and Co-Producer, with the production having been described as a ‘Masterpiece’ and ‘Pitch Perfect’, receiving 5 star reviews and 2 Offie Nominations.
Tina previously ran her own Drama School for over ten years, and has taught creative writing in a variety of disciplines. She has an MA in TV Scriptwriting (with distinction) for which she also achieved two additional prize awards for Best Student and Best Project. She was also shortlisted for BBC Writersroom 10, leading to her being selected for the Holby City Shadow Scheme, and is currently working on a number of new TV, Film and Theatre projects, including a pilot for a new TV series.
Tina is very keen to help people develop their own individual distinctive voice, in their chosen written form and style, and to offer encouragement and advice for students to submit their work for publication and/or performance.
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What's included in the price?
25 hours of quality teaching with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 15
This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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