Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction (Newcastle) Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction (Newcastle) Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction (Newcastle)

Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction (Newcastle)

A twelve-week creative writing course for beginners. Playful, serious and fun, it asks what writing is and why we do it

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Newcastle

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12 weeks
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Start writing fiction at Faber

- What does it mean to write about what I know?
- Where can I look for inspiration?
- How do I begin, develop and shape an idea?
- What are the building blocks of prose fiction?
- What makes a reader care?
- How do I find my writing voice?

'The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.' – Stephen King

The aim of the course is to help you begin, then develop your writing in lively, thoughtful and inspiring classes, exploring technique, process and motivation. We’ll be exchanging ideas and working from writing prompts designed to get you started and keep you going. We’ll also try reading as writers. In every workshop, there will be excepts from the novels and stories of many contemporary writers to demonstrate how they did it, so that you can try some of their methods yourself and gain from the direction and inspiration they provide.

Is this the right course for me?

This course is suitable for complete beginners, but it's okay if you have a little more experience too. It’s an opportunity to gain a firm foundation in the technical aspects of fiction writing, develop your own style and direction and establish a clear vision of your writing future. Now how exciting is that?

Weekly workshops will focus on: the building blocks of prose; point of view; developing character; constructing scenes; turning memories and ideas into fiction; and finding your own voice as a writer. The aim is to develop writing confidence and the ability to recognise and use your emerging strengths. Every student will have their own work read and discussed by the tutor and other members of the class to offer you group support and constructive feedback so that you can take your work forward.

By the end of the course you should be starting to find your voice – the material and style of writing that belong to you – and translate this into works of fiction. You will have had the opportunity to write one or two short stories, or the beginning of a novel, in a space where you are taken seriously as a writer.

    This course is formed of twelve two-hour sessions, which take place at the Mining Institute's Neville Hall (see Location block below for more details), on Thursday evenings between 7 and 9 p.m.

Course Programme

Session 1

Thursday 6 April, 7–9 p.m.

What Do I Have to Write About?...

Session 2

13 April, 7–9 p.m.

Who’s Telling the Story? Point of ...

Session 3

20 April, 7–9 p.m.

The Five Building Blocks of Prose:...

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Course Programme

Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction

Session 1

Thursday 6 April, 7–9 p.m.

What Do I Have to Write About?

Session 2

13 April, 7–9 p.m.

Who’s Telling the Story? Point of View

Session 3

20 April, 7–9 p.m.

The Five Building Blocks of Prose: Description, Action, Narration, Dialogue and Reflection

Session 4

27 April, 7–9 p.m.

Talk to Me: The Secret of Writing Great Dialogue

Session 5

4 May, 7–9 p.m.

Who Do You Think You Are? Creating Memorable Characters

Session 6

11 May, 7–9 p.m.

Making a Scene: Show Don't Tell

Session 7

18 May, 7–9 p.m.

Thwarting Desires: The Basics of Plotting

Session 8

25 May, 7–9 p.m.

Building Tension and Suspense to Keep the Reader Reading

Session 9

1 June 7–9 p.m.

Less is More: The Art and Craft of Editing and Revising

Session 10

8 June, 7–9 p.m.

Recognising and Avoiding Pitfalls and Problems: Being Your Own Story Doctor

Session 11

15 June, 7–9 p.m.

Sharpening and Exercising Your Voice as a Writer

Session 12

22 June, 7–9 p.m.

The Next Step: Where Do I Go from Here?

Tutor

Margaret Wilkinson

Margaret Wilkinson

Recently retired senior lecturer in prose and scriptwriting on the MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, where she has taught...

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Margaret Wilkinson

'Margaret is a highly experienced creative writing teacher. She encourages her students but also offers gentle, constructive criticism.'

Student

'Margaret is a suburb tutor, she provided instant feedback that was constructive and very insightful [...] Well-planned, well-organised. Margaret is a great tutor.’

Student

'Margaret is a highly experienced creative writing teacher. She encourages her students but also offers gentle, constructive criticism.'

Location

The Common Room

Neville Hall

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

About the Common Room

The Common Room is a new charity, formed to lead the restoration of Neville Hall in Newcastle. Their vision is to use their unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers. Through education and engagement activities, they will support the region’s future economic growth and provide a range of public spaces for innovation, collaboration, events, lectures, weddings and more.
 
We’re delighted to host our Newcastle courses in this historic venue.

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