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Writing Life: How to draw inspiration from the world around you to craft great stories


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2 full-days course

Kent's new postgraduate-level courses at its Tonbridge Centre are designed for anyone with the passion and motivation to deveolop their knowledge at an advanced level. These courses do not award academic credits: they can be studied for pleasure, or as preparation and an indication of your suitability for applying for a full-qualification programme. 
Two Saturdays:    14 October and 11 November
10am – 4pm
Whatever you draw inspiration from, whether the natural world or family history, this short course will encourage you to take control of your own work and write exciting, contemporary material.

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Course Dates

14th October 2017 – 11th November 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Dr Alex Martin-Carey

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Course Description

Designed for ambitious writers of fiction and/or creative non-fiction, Writing Life offers an introduction to the study of Creative Writing at postgraduate level.

Each of the two, full-day sessions cover the discussion of techniques in contemporary writing, writing exercises, and workshops. Each of the days focuses on two different sources of inspiration from life: Nature, Home, Self, and History. We consider extracts from set texts and how the techniques discovered can be applied to our own writing.
Over the course you will be introduced to the format of creative writing study at postgraduate level, and encouraged to think more deeply about both your own writing and your reading. You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on your own writing from the tutor and other participants.
Course content
· workshop and seminar style classes 
· develop your historical awareness of literary and creative writing traditions
· explore what makes great writing in depth, among like-minded people. You have the opportunity to complete writing exercises, and to give and receive feedback
· written and reading activities between sessions, including the opportunity to read and reflect on the work of your fellow students
· the opportunity to receive feedback from the tutor on short excerpts of writing. The end of course assignment provides the option to receive feedback on a longer piece of work if desired
The following texts underpin the course:
Nature: William Fiennes, The Snow Geese 
Home: Nicholson Baker, A Box of Matches 
Self: Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit  
History: Pat Barker, Regeneration 
Course tutor
Dr Alex Martin-Carey is a writer and theatre director. She is an Associate Lecturer in the Schools of English and Arts at the University of Kent where she completed a PhD in Creative Writing. She also manages outreach projects for the university across humanities subjects. Alex has written short stories and pieces for stage and film, and her debut novel The Greater Thief was published in 2012.
For any queries, please email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk


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