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: Emily Morris is an author, freelance journalist and creative writing teacher.
Her first book, My Sh*tty Twenties: a Memoir, was named a Guardian readers' favourite book of 2017 and won Emily a writing residency at Gladstone's Library.
Emily's essay 'The Absence' was included in 2020 anthology The Best, Most Awful Job, edited by Katherine May.
Emily has written for numerous national titles including Grazia, The i Newspaper and Refinery29.
She teaches writing to teenagers and adults, with a specialism in writing from life, and is currently working on a novel.
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
1 week (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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