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Take One Idea: Adventures in Creative Writing

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Term 1 (Thursday, 7-9pm)

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Course Dates

19th October 2017 – 23rd November 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Alison Daniell
Course Description

Course overview

This unique and innovative course gives you the opportunity to work with a single core idea of your own choosing and transform it into four very different pieces of writing.


Starting with creative non-fiction and moving on through poetry, script writing and finally the short story, you will be guided through some of the theory behind each literary form before being encouraged to produce your own piece of writing in response.


Each session will be divided into two parts: the first focussing on the key features of the four types of text before you then put pen to paper and create a piece of writing from scratch using the techniques learned earlier in the session.


Ideal for beginners, this class provides you with the information and encouragement needed to get started in creative writing or, for those with more experience, it is a great opportunity to step outside your creative comfort zones and try something new.


Aims and learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able to:


  • Identify the major features of each of the four literary forms under discussion.
  • Recognise five key ingredients of cross-genre creative writing: namely description, setting, voice, conflict and structure.
  • Understand how these ingredients are brought together to produce effective pieces of written work.
  • Analyse why different strategies and techniques are necessary for different written forms.
  • Use this knowledge to create new pieces of writing.

Summary of teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include:


  • Exposition
  • Question and answer
  • One-to-one, group discussion
  • Plenary
  • Analysis and deconstruction of texts
  • Peer and tutor feedback.


Learning activities include:


  • Preparatory and in-class reading
  • Discussion
  • Textual analysis
  • Practical re-enforcement of learned theory  


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