Courses that explore creative forms of non-fiction are few and far between.
However, it’s one of the most up-and-coming forms of writing in contemporary literature and some of the most talked-about books from the last few years have been works of creative non-fiction: The Outrun, The Lonely City, The Last Act of Love, So Sad Today, The Argonauts, White Girls, Between The World And Me, Men Explain Things To Me and more.
This course will act as an introduction, focusing on the different forms of non-fiction, such as life writing, place writing, memoir, personal essays, lyric essays, travel writing and literary journalism.
The course is for anyone interested in developing different forms of non-fiction.
You might be a beginner, a graduate of creative writing, a journalist or a copywriter – in fact, anyone who is looking to explore different forms of writing will find this course beneficial.
It will offer practical exercises and discussions, punctuated with group readings and collective analysis, of important creative non-fiction texts.
On this course you will:
- learn how to find a story
- explore creativity through writing about place
- write about a significant moment in your life
- complete short writing ‘workouts’
- identify creative non-fiction prompts for your work
- learn how and where creative non-fiction gets published - and how to pitch an idea.
What will I gain?
You’ll leave this course with a robust understanding of the different forms of creative non-fiction, and an understanding of how to begin a new piece of work.
It’ll ultimately improve any writer’s CV and form the basis of how to transfer existing creative and writing skills into a non-fiction mode.
Entry requirement: No experience is required.
Where you'll learn: You will be studying creative writing in a UNESCO City of Literature, and be based in the School of Arts and Humanities on the City Campus.
You will find modern teaching spaces and quiet study environments to develop your ideas and writing.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Tutor Profile: Hilary Marson is a professional writer with a Masters in Writing from Nottingham Trent University and is currently completing a PhD at Birmingham University.
She has over fifteen years of experience offering technical writing for the British Geological Survey and has taught writing course at the University of Nottingham, Central College Nottingham and the Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham.
Hilary’s current project for writing social and family history is the life story of her ancestor Curly Hearson, hanged at 27 for burning down Nottingham Castle during the 1832 Reform Act riots.
She has published two novels and is a member of the Society of Authors.
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Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Information on booking accommodation can be provided once your place on the course is confirmed.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
One week of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Maximum class size: 15
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