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Writing Fiction: The Essentials with Mark McNay

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 1
Dates Begins 25 September 2017, 12 week course
Cost £450
Application Deadline 11 September 2017
 

This 12-week online course is designed for people who have little or no experience of writing short fiction. It is also for those who have written some short fiction and who would like the guidance of an experienced writer to develop their craft.

The course will help you generate ideas for stories using your own observations and memories. You will learn how to build convincing characters using description and dialogue, and place those characters within textured settings. You will also learn how to manage these characters within a structured plot.

Biography:

Mark McNay was brought up in a mining village in central Scotland. He read literature at UEA and there discovered a talent and love for writing. His first novel, Fresh, won the Arts Foundation New Fiction Award 2007 and the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. His second novel, Under Control, was shortlisted for the Aye Write award in 2009. Mark’s short fiction has been long listed for various prizes, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. Mark has taught writing at UEA and Anglia Ruskin University.

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Writing Fiction: The Essentials with Eliza Robertson

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 1
Dates Begins 25 September 2017, 12 week course
Cost £450
Application Deadline 11 September 2017
 

This 12-week online course will help you start writing short fiction. It is designed for people who have not yet begun to write short stories, or for those who have done some writing but would like to begin to write more regularly. It is also for those who may have completed a short story, but have had little or no feedback and would like to learn to improve and polish their writing. You will learn the building blocks of a good short story: how to create credible, interesting characters, and develop a plot.

Biography:

Eliza Robertson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and Curtis Brown Prize. In 2017 she won the 2017 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. She has also won the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize and selected as a New York Times editor's choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, comes out with Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury this autumn.

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Writing Fiction: The Essentials with Anjali Joseph

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 2
Dates Begins 25 September 2017, 24 week course
Cost £900
Application Deadline 11 September 2017
 

This 24-week online course is about writing prose fiction. It develops and expands upon the Starting to Write Fiction course, although students who have not taken that course are very welcome. This course is open to anyone who writes, or wants to write fiction and who wishes to explore, develop and discuss his or her ideas about writing and reading, and learn how most effectively to give and receive feedback.

The course focuses on the short story, but the techniques we look at are equally relevant to the novel. The course is divided into twelve modules, each of which introduce a topic, points for discussion, exercises, and an assignment. Subjects include character, plot and structure, point of view, dialogue and setting, defamiliarisation, the unsaid, and how to plan, revise, and redraft your work towards a finished draft. The principal aim of the course is to encourage your progress as a writer, help you improve and refine your work, and to inspire you to build a sustained writing practice. By the end of the course, you will have gained valuable knowledge and insight into the process of writing fiction, through working with a published novelist on your own work.

Biography:

Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and did the MA Course in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she also taught creative writing to undergraduates for four years. She teaches at the Arvon Foundation and elsewhere. Saraswati Park (2010), her first novel, won the Desmond Elliott and Betty Trask Prizes, and was joint winner of the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction in India. Another Country, her second novel (2012) was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, The Living, her third novel, appeared in March 2016.

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Writing Fiction: The Essentials with Monique Roffey

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 2
Dates Begins 25 September 2017, 24 week course
Cost £900
Application Deadline 11 September 2017
 

This 24-week online course is designed to help you start writing short fiction. It is aimed at people who have not written short stories before, and for those who may have done some writing but would appreciate the opportunity to do so regularly in a structured environment, with regular feedback on their work.

Biography:

Born in Trinidad, Monique Roffey's acclaimed novels include The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (2009), Archipelago (2012), House of Ashes (2014) and, most recently, The Tryst (2017), as well as a memoir, With the Kisses of his Mouth (2011). She has been shortlisted for the Costa Prize for Fiction, the Encore Award, the Orange Prize, and won the prestigious OCM Bocas Award, the Caribbean's top literature prize, for Archipelago. She has taught Creative Writing at various universities, as well as for First Story, English PEN and The Arvon Foundation - where she was Centre Director at Totleigh Barton.

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