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About the Course
On this course, you’ll be encouraged to further develop your writing skills in a variety of genres.
You will consider the importance of originality, both in your work and that of other published authors.
This is a follow on from our beginners’ course, or it can be taken independently if you have attended a course elsewhere.
Throughout the course you’ll be offered advice and feedback on your work.
This will help your writing develop and progress in a supportive workshop environment.
You will also learn how to prepare work for submission for competitions and publication.
Sessions will consider the contemporary marketplace, what appeals to the modern audience, and how classic works transcend through time.
During this course you will:
- explore the boundaries of your writing by looking at the darker edges of society, politics and human nature
- learn about popular fairy tale themes and their contemporary appeal
- mix fact with fiction, and understand the importance of detailed research
- consider the visual in your writing and the creative portrayal of place
- create three-dimensional characters that help the reader suspend disbelief.
What will you gain?
By the end of the course you’ll have explored a range of writing disciplines at a deeper level, and have information on how to progress your writing for both personal and professional development.
Entry requirement: Completion of a beginners course (either at NTU or elsewhere) 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?
20 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 15
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