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Lifelong Learning

Introduction to Writing Fiction: Fiction Essentials

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Writing Fiction
Writing Fiction

This course will focus on some of the most vital elements of fictional writing: character, place, story and point of view. How do you bring characters to life on the page?  How do you evoke a place?  How do you craft a gripping yet believable story? And what effect does an author’s choice of point of view have on each of these elements?  Classes will be based around discussion, looking at examples of published fiction with a view to finding effective techniques for developing these aspects of fiction; writing exercises aimed at strengthening your writing; and workshops, in which you’ll share your works-in-progress with the group. The aim is for you to work towards producing one or two pieces of short fiction or novel chapters.

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Tutor: Tal Shaller

Dates: 6th October – 10th November 2020



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