Read Like A Writer

Starting out | Fiction
Read wider, read smarter and find new ways to get your words onto the page

Reading like a writer is different to reading for pleasure or to studying literature. It involves thinking about the craftsmanship and writing techniques authors use to keep readers turning the page. This four-week course teaches you how to read and discuss books from a writer’s perspective in order to inform your own work. It also challenges you to experiment with new writers and genres, and to find new ways of engaging readers with your own writing.

How it works

• Fortnightly reading extracts, practical exercises and creative writing prompts

• Podcast introductions from the tutor

• Guided forum discussions about how you read and 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 creative work and become a better editor of your writing

• Q&A forum to post your critical writing questions for your tutor

• Quiz to assess and broaden your current reading habits

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

• Opportunity to produce a 2,000-word piece of writing to engage your ideal reader: this might be a short story or the opening of a novel.

4th - 31st October 2021

Availability: In stock

15 Places

Session content

Session 1: Reading like a writer

Being a good reader makes you a better writer. In this session we’ll look at ways of improving your close-reading skills, approaching a text as a writer would, and uncovering craft secrets to use in your own writing. You’ll emerge with greater awareness of your reading and writing habits and a list of priorities to work on.

Session 2: Writing for your reader

A good writer also thinks about their reader. In this session, we’ll look at writing with a reader in mind. How can you make text reader-friendly? What are the do’s and don’ts of drawing in readers? We’ll look at different ways of engaging readers and giving them space to use their imagination and become really involved in your text. You’ll write a 2,000-word piece to engage your ideal reader. You will post your final piece to the forum for comment from your peers.

NB: Your tutor won’t give detailed feedback on your creative work during this course but will be available to answer your questions about the process and craft of writing.

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Tom Bromley is an author, editor and ghostwriter. He has written ten books under his own name,...

"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."

Helen Shipman