Fiction Writing Workshops

Contacts

Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Email: english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk
Tel: 0117 928 8924

What our students say...

I really appreciate how the course is well-structured but has a relaxed and flexible feeling to it at the same time. The activities are really useful and very stimulating. It has given me a lot of food for thought, useful and constructive advice, and a lot of inspiration.

Fiction Writing Workshop participant, 2020

Fiction Writing Workshop, Spring Term Afternoons

DetailsDescription
When Wednesday afternoons 3 pm to 5 pm
Dates

8 meetings

2 March to 11 May 2022 (no classes 30 March, 13 & 20 April)

Where University of Bristol, Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB.
Description

This course provides an inspiring and supportive space to sharpen skills for those already engaged in creative writing. The principal aim is to equip participants with the strategies and confidence to refine and extend their unique voices as creative writers. Within a workshop format designed to foster constructive peer and tutor feedback, practical guidance will be provided on fundamental areas of creative writing practice such as handling narrative, characterisation and dialogue, and creating fictional worlds. Discussion of different literary techniques will be supported by examples provided by the tutor, and participants will also be encouraged to experiment with their own writing and to develop techniques of self-appraisal in order to become effective editors of their own work.

The course tutor, Steven Lovatt, is a full-time writer, editor and teacher. He is the author of the Wainwright Prize-nominated Birdsong in a Time of Silence, and is sponsored by the British Council and the National Centre for Writing as an international ambassador for British literature. He is a copyeditor for Penguin and an author of reviews and critical articles for an online poetry magazine. Alongside his teaching he is currently editing an anthology of travel writing.

Course fee

£160 per term

Previous qualifications/experience No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

The course was more valuable than I thought it could be. I've applied to study a Master's in Creative Writing as a result. The tutor balanced the sessions really well between information and discussion. There wasn't a session in which I didn't come away having learned some valuable lesson, and it has transformed my approach to my writing in 8 short weeks.

Fiction Writing Workshop participant, Autumn 2021

Booking for this course has now closed

To register your interest in our creative writing short courses, please click here

Fiction Writing Workshop, Spring Term Evenings - SOLD OUT

DetailsDescription
When Wednesday evenings 6 pm to 8 pm
Dates

8 meetings

2 March to 11 May 2022 (no classes 30 March, 13 & 20 April)

Where University of Bristol, Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB.
Description

This course provides an inspiring and supportive space to sharpen skills for those already engaged in creative writing. The principal aim is to equip participants with the strategies and confidence to refine and extend their unique voices as creative writers.  Within a workshop format designed to foster constructive peer and tutor feedback, practical guidance will be provided on fundamental areas of creative writing practice such as handling narrative, characterisation and dialogue, and creating fictional worlds. Discussion of different literary techniques will be supported by examples provided by the tutor, and participants will also be encouraged to experiment with their own writing and to develop techniques of self-appraisal in order to become effective editors of their own work.

The course tutor, Steven Lovatt, is a full-time writer, editor and teacher. He is the author of the Wainwright Prize-nominated Birdsong in a Time of Silence, and is sponsored by the British Council and the National Centre for Writing as an international ambassador for British literature. He is a copyeditor for Penguin and an author of reviews and critical articles for an online poetry magazine. Alongside his teaching he is currently editing an anthology of travel writing.

Course fee

£160 per term

Previous qualifications/experience No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

Booking for this course has now closed

To register your interest in our creative writing short courses, please click here

I have found the Fiction Writing course incredibly rewarding and stimulating. All the areas that I needed guidance on were covered with creativity, insight and intellectual rigour. I now have a deeper understanding of narrative tools and how best to use them in my writing. The course has also built my confidence in writing dialogue, creating tone and has strengthened my editing process. I would highly recommend the course.

Fiction Writing Workshop participant, Spring 2022
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