Getting into Print (Part 1)
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About this course

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your writing in print? This first of two linked dayschools will help your dreams to come true! Guided by an experienced, published author, we’ll look at finding an agent, or publisher, getting commissioned, your media profile, self-publishing, and entering competitions. As well as getting support on individual projects, advice will be given on self-publishing a small collection either individually or in a group. Whether it’s poetry or prose, make this the year you see print!

What will I learn?

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Search for a suitable agent
  • Search for a suitable publisher
  • Research submission guidelines
  • Enter a competition
  • Submit a story, poem or article to a magazine or anthology
  • Start work on self-publishing an individual or group project
  • 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:

  • Literary Agents & how to find them
  • Print publishers
  • The proposal
  • Competitions
  • Self-publishing
  • Tips for being a professional writer
Entry requirements

Attendance on Introduction to Creative Writing Part 1 & 2; or Elements of Fiction Part 1 & 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 for hot drinks.

A folder with any notes on your publishing 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.