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Got the next hit novel in your head but not sure how to get it on paper? Do you find creative writing enjoyable?
Our creative writing courses are just what you need.
They say that creative writing cannot be taught. That you need a literature degree to become a published author. That it’s not worth trying to make it as a writer, as they don’t earn any money…
You’ve probably heard all that before, but is it true? Are creative writing courses worth it?
Absolutely! Creative writing can be taught, it doesn’t require a degree and, as precious as you are about what you’ve written, it is a joint venture; you need someone to check your work and provide feedback.
Creative writing can be a rewarding and stimulating pastime, an emotional outlet or a pathway to a new career. You can earn a part- or full-time wage from writing creatively, or you can just write for the fun of it.
What do you need to become a writer? There is only one thing you need to call yourself a writer and it is a certain, special something that all successful writers have: a finished piece of written work! Joining a creative writing course can help you finish your novel, screenplay or memoir and keep you motivated to write more!
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You will be introduced to the basic elements of creative writing, including: character, plot, dialogue and setting, among other things. You will produce a piece or pieces of creative writing in your chosen genre. No formal qualifications are needed, but an interest in—and some experience in—creative writing would be useful.
Building on the beginners' course, you will develop your creative writing skills in areas such as: character development, sub plots, pace, tension, etc. You can work on a piece of creative writing from the beginners’ course or bring in writing that you’ve worked on at home.
Following on from the beginners' and improvers' courses, students will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of creative writing and develop skills in editing and critiquing their and others' work. You’ll learn how to edit your work, make it publication-ready and how to write submissions to agents and publishing houses.
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