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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Telling True Stories

Narrative Non-Fiction

In this eight-week class, you will explore the craft of creative non-fiction. Ranging from literary journalism to memoir, you will look at formulating and focusing ideas; evoking place, people and personalities in prose; research through interviewing and other sources; structuring your story; formulating and narrative; and the writing itself. The course will conclude with the mechanics of getting published both in traditional media and online. The aim is for you to formulate ideas and write a piece of 1,000 to 5,000 words. Classes will be based around discussion and workshops in which you’ll share your works-in-progress with the group.

Objective: That you will complete one or more features, ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 words, on a subject you feel passionate about, and learn how to present it for publication.

Iain Gately, the course convenor, is the author of four books of non-fiction and numerous articles in The Independent, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and elsewhere. His most recently book, Rush Hour: How 500 million Commuters Survive the Daily Journey Into Work,published in 2014, was reviewed in The Guardian and The Sunday Times. >


Start Date: 10 February 2015

Time: 7-9pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Location: Avenue




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