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Creative writing – Step Up course timetables

Brief description

The step-up course is for those with some experience of creative writing. It aims to develop and enhance Creative Writing skills: to produce supple prose in a variety of styles in a relaxed, supportive and stimulating atmosphere.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at students who have some experience of writing for themselves/others who wish to advance/hone/direct their skills.

Course description in brief

The course aims to assist in the creation of free and directed fiction/non-fiction and the development of effective editing.
Each session aims to enable students to progress at their own pace.
While promoting a lively and mutually supportive group, the course aims to provide:
• Writing and editing in a variety of forms
• Tutor feedback on classwork/homework.
• Peer editing and feedback

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • Developed and improved technical approaches and a variety of forms to enhance my writing AND reading.
    • Experimented with various literary techniques and used them to improve my own and other writers’ work.
    • Got used to sharing and discussing work.
    • Had the opportunity to get involved in writing anthology.

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

You need fairly competent reading/writing skills but we are not too bothered about perfect spelling.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Something to write on and something to write with.

What materials will I need for the course?

Ability to word process work is a benefit but not essential.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

This ten-week course will start with a brief induction and autobiographical task for base line assessment. The pen is mightier than the sword and therefore potentially dangerous and students should take care and assess risk at all times.
The classes will be based around demonstration of literary techniques, with time then to practice and develop new skills. The tutor will be in attendance to give advice and support. Students may want to extend their work at home and homework tasks are linked to class exercises. Students are encouraged to consider their longer writing aims.
There is a session of peer editing around the middle of the term.
There will be a break during the class to allow relaxation and discussion of work if students want to.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

Students should arrive promptly, and during the class clear up their own space. Students will have the option of completing and submitting homework tasks, but these are not compulsory.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in an informal review session at the end of each term to look at your work and evaluate how you are progressing in context with the learning outcomes. You will offer your work for peer editing just over half way through the course.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

The course will give some work suitable for folio presentation to other courses in Further and Higher Education.
The course will foster skills suitable for all manner of Creative Writing scenarios.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.
If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the curriculum manager
At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
603a 2 Wednesday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 25 Sep 2019 to 04 Dec 2019 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £131; R Rate £99; A Rate £68
603b 2 Wednesday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 15 Jan 2020 to 25 Mar 2020 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £126; R Rate £95; A Rate £63
603c 2 Wednesday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 22 Apr 2020 to 01 Jul 2020 (10 Sessions) Full Rate £131; R Rate £99; A Rate £68

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

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