There are words and stories in abundance but what if getting them on the page was as simple as having the right tools with which to craft them? This eight-week course, run in weekly sessions of 3 hours, will get you writing beautiful and fluent prose, fire up your imagination and give you the confidence to write in an accomplished and uninhibited way. Suitable for beginners and those with some writing experience.
This course will equip you with everything you need to express your own imaginings and the world you observe in words of colour, depth and truth. We will focus on a different element of creative writing each week and look at sample texts to compare the different approaches to the craft. There will be plenty of gentle writing exercises, and the opportunity to share work and receive supportive critique within the group. Students will be encouraged to start on a piece of work to continue with during the course, or create a portfolio of short pieces. After the course has finished, students are invited to submit a sample of work for my feedback and appraisal. Bring plenty of paper and pens, or a laptop (fully charged) if you prefer.
3 hour sessions x 8
9.30am – 12.30pm
Fiona Longsdon wrote for newspapers and magazines before turning to fiction. In 2013, she completed the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA with Distinction and was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit prize. She has read her work at Novel Nights, a Bristol based showcase for debut authors, and helps compile the shortlist for the Bath Short Story Award. She has now finished her first novel, Mother Love, and is currently writing her second.
‘What I admire so much about Fiona is not only the emotional depth and lyricism of her own writing, but also her instinctive understanding of the way writers can collaborate and inspire each other. Her knowledge of the craft of fiction writing and her skill in bringing out the creative best in those around her make her a natural teacher.’ Tricia Wastvedt, Novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.