Fiction Skills: Research

Starting out | Fiction
Convert dry facts and higgledy-piggledy materials into compelling stories packed with atmosphere.
Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you’ll draw on facts, research and personal experience. This four-week course shows how to take the raw material from internet-trawling, library sessions or your own notebooks and diaries and turn it into engaging writing. You will be encouraged to use background reading to kick-start the creative process, and explore ways to use research material to transform a nice story into something more unusual, more credible and more substantial.
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What you get

• Fortnightly guided reading extracts, practical exercises and creative writing prompts

• Podcast introductions from the tutor

• Tutor instruction and tips on using facts to add substance and value to your writing

• Forum discussions about your own research themes, plus deadlines to get you writing

• A supportive group of fellow writers to read, discuss and feedback on your work

• Guidance on how to turn a sharp lens on your writing and become a better editor of your work

• Q&A session with your tutor to answer your critical questions

• Carefully curated additional reading and resources so you can take your interests further

• Opportunity to produce a 2,000-word piece of writing: this might be a fiction or non-fiction

19th February 2018 - 18th March 2018

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Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, history and fiction, including The Bronski House, The Levelling Sea and, mo...

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

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