This course increases students’ awareness of a range of writing techniques at the same time as guiding them in the production of their own work. Masterclasses reveal the working methods of successful writers, drawing on the works of both traditional and contemporary authors, and in this way students build up a “tool kit” based on demonstrations of the tried and tested working methods and technical strategies as practised by famous writers.
Some of the issues and techniques considered are: –
The relationship between writing and publishing. Writers readers and authors.
How much meaning is there in a text? Over-reading and under-reading.
Creating the ‘Illusion of Life’.
The tool kit. From a word to a book.
Punctuation, onomatopoeia, diction, syntax, rhythm, rhyme, metaphor.
The stream of consciousness novel. Representations of reality.
Narrative, plot, description, character and commentary.
From monologue to dialogue. Prose, verse and drama.
Working up a story. Red herrings and the manipulation of the reader.
The Great Rhythms – Comedy and Tragedy.
At the same time students produce their own work, both individually and collaboratively, which is developed and assessed in guided workshops. Individual work is led by the students themselves and can take any appropriate form: verse, prose or drama. The course is varied with literary games and exercises, ranging from free expression to highly structured fieldwork and research.