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Creative writing: an introduction to life writing

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to write a biography, memoir or other form of non-fiction. It will use examples and practical exercises to guide students through the skills needed to write interesting non-fiction: research, editing, how to tell a
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Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Education

Function : General

Trainer name : Ms Midge Gillies

Starts on : 15th Jul 2014

Duration : 7 Weeks

Difficulty : Advanced

Creative writing: an introduction to life writing

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to write a biography, memoir or other form of non-fiction. It will use examples and practical exercises to guide students through the skills needed to write interesting non-fiction: research, editing, how to tell a story and ways of using description.

Given the nature of creative writing, it is important that students' use of English is sufficiently fluent to be able to understand in English nuances of meaning and have a familiarity with the structure and grammar of English.

Aims of the course:
This course will begin with an introduction to life writing: what it is, its tradition and how it has changed in recent years
Participants will assess what they know already about their proposed biographical subject or the period they want to write about, and what they need to know
Each week will focus on a different aspect of life writing: bringing people to life, writing about a place, telling the story and polishing and revising work
The participant will learn how research can enhance writing and influence the way in which a story is told.
This course will encourage participants to establish a writing regime.
Schedule (this course is completed entirely online):
Orientation Week: 15-21 September 2014

  • Teaching Weeks: 22 September-26 October 2014
  • Feedback Week: 27 October-2 November 2014

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