Part-time, in class Southbank Writer's Program in Surrey

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Classes

Manuscript Critique for Writers
You will learn about the craft and process of writing.
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Dialogue Is not Conversation: Using the Spoken Word Effectively in Fiction
Dialogue and conversation are not synonyms. Explore what makes good dialogue, what makes bad dialogue and how to tell the difference.
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Non-Fiction Writing: How to Find and Develop an Idea
It doesn’t matter whether you're writing a full-blown book, a magazine feature, your memoir or a blog post, every story starts with an idea. Read more...

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
A good piece of writing is almost always a good piece of rewriting. Learn practical techniques for revision and apply them to your short story or novel in class.
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Why Poetry?
Whether you’re a novelist, screenwriter, memoirist or blogger, experimenting with poetry can strengthen your work.
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Ethics and Legal Issues for Writers
For creative writers, ethical treatment of sources is critical. We’ll look at the notion of an ethical code for writers.
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Your Story: The Artful Work of Memoir
Memoir writing may be less about our past and our memories than how those memories and stories shape who we are today. One of the most revealing forms of writing, it ​is often plagued by the fragmentary nature of recall.
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Poetry’s Dictionary—the House of All Writers
All good writing contains a range of emotion—and all good writing contains a fine attention to words, though that level of attention to words is often associated with poetry. In this course, you will focus on improving your writing through effective word choices.
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Writing Speculative Fiction in a Changing World
In this interactive workshop, we’ll look at the skills involved in the researching and writing of fantasy and science fiction, including speculative sub-genres like historical and dark fantasy, alternative history, and magic realism.
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Mystery and Crime Writing
Mystery, crime, thriller; literary, cosy, procedural—so many genres and subgenres, with shifting and overlapping distinctions. This interactive workshop will begin with a discussion of crime and mystery genres, why they exist, and how an understanding of genre can help in creating and marketing your writing.
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How to Use Your Life, Experiences and Perceptions to Inform Your Fiction
Explore the elements of fiction that will allow you to create compelling short stories and novels for adults and children.
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Poetry, Formation and Reformation
Poetry is a process that requires writing and rewriting, thinking and rethinking, formations and reformations. And, as such, an essential element in the process of writing poetry is the careful consideration of how we write poetry.
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The Personal Essay
Alongside the autobiographical novel, memoirs may be one of the most revealing and moving forms of writing.
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Writing for Young Adults
You'll receive an introduction to the popular genre of writing for young adults.
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Blending Story, Fiction and Facts in the Historical Novel
How can you blend historical facts with fictional people and events in a believable way? Read more...

Use Desire to Fan the Flame of Fiction
Kurt Vonnegut's "Eight Tips for Writing Fiction" famously includes the advice, "Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water." What your characters want drives the story. Why and how they are thwarted in their desires is what makes good fiction.
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Writing Fantasy Fiction
In this class, we will look at the issues facing authors who want to engage their audience at a level far beyond everyday reality, in works of free-ranging and unobstructed imagination, bounded only by the limits of what an author can dream up.
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Preparing to Read
Learning to read your work in front of an audience is just as important as learning the elements of a great piece of writing.
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Panel on Publishing
Guest speakers, including authors, self-published authors, and publishers wiil discuss their experiences in the publishing world.
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Workshops

Mentor Workshops
You will workshop your writing with your mentor and mentor group.
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