Elements of Fiction (Part 1)
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About this course

In Iceland they say: ‘ad ganga med bok I maganum’ – everyone gives birth to a book. Kickstart your dream with this first of two linked dayschools. We’ll look at Character, Setting, Dialogue, Scene and the Big Idea - all that you need to get started on that fiction project - in the company of fellow wordsmiths, led by an experienced published tutor.

What will I learn?

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Create characters
  • Describe a setting
  • Write dialogue
  • Create a scene in a short story or novel
  • Give and receive feedback in a creative writing workshop
  • Know where to go next
  • Express yourself through the written word

The following topics will be covered during the workshop:

  • Starting and developing a piece of prose fiction
  • Create characters using different methods
  • Describe setting in a vivid way
  • Create realistic dialogue
  • Make a scene for a short story or a novel
  • Participation in a creative writing workshop
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Tips for maximising creativity and sustaining good practice
Entry requirements

Attendance on Introduction to Creative Writing (Part 1) and (Part 2) recommended but not essential.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Completion of an Individual Learning Plan is required. Assessment is, however, informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes.

Additional costs and information

You should bring with you pen, paper, a packed lunch and small change change for hot drinks.

A folder with any notes on your fiction project would be useful, but not essential.

What could I do next?

You can enrol on any other courses offered in the leisure programme, full details of which can be found in the College's directory of Part Time Courses.