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Literature and Creative Writing

Calling all lovers of the English language. Whether you want to start writing your memoirs or you would like to discover more about great poets, we have a course to suit you.

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An Introduction to Creative Writing

An Introduction to Creative Writing

COURSE No. 137

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

During the week, you will write short pieces in many different genres and you should be prepared to share your work with the rest of the group as that is how you receive the best feedback and learn skills from hearing others' work. You do not need any preparation or to bring anything to the class except a commitment to write...

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Discovering Shakespeare: All's Well that Ends Well

Discovering Shakespeare: All's Well that Ends Well

New for 2017

COURSE No. 138

TUTOR: Julia Pritchard

All's Well That Ends Well, or is it? During the week, you will read the play, watch extracts from two different filmed versions and decide for yourself. You may not agree. Billed as a comedy, this is also known as one of Shakespeare's 'problem plays' as the plot makes for some dubious moral judgements. It's all in the interpretation which will lead...

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The Poetic Heritage

The Poetic Heritage

COURSE No. 139

TUTOR: Jacob Lloyd

This is an introductory course to some of the greatest poetry in the English language, beginning with Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century and ending with Philip Larkin, one of the most beloved poets of recent decades. In between, you will meet Metaphysicals, Augustans, Romantics, Victorians and Modernists. You will be reading and discussing key poems as a group, so there is...

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Creative Writing For All

Creative Writing For All

COURSE No. 140

TUTOR: Wes Magee

With Wes on hand to offer guidance and advice at all stages, you can try your hand at writing a short story, creative lists, a character sketch and a brief memoir. You will also have the opportunity to explore poetry including the use of rhyme and rhythm and writing in different forms such as limerick, shape poetry and descriptive verse. In other...

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Creative Writing Poetry

Creative Writing Poetry

New for 2017

COURSE No. 141

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

Whether you are a complete beginner or have been writing poems all your life, this course aims to help you enjoy creating your own poetry. As well as writing poetry, you will be reading and analysing many well-known and more obscure examples of great poems, both in order to recognise form and take inspiration from the masters. You will try different forms...

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The Romantic Poets

The Romantic Poets

COURSE No. 142

TUTOR: Jacob Lloyd

The period between the American Revolution and the Great Reform Act was one of huge political unrest, scientific discovery and economic change. It was also a period which saw an extraordinary flowering of poetry that was lyrically beautiful, powerfully emotive and profoundly engaged with the intellectual questions of the day. The group will be looking at and discussing key poems of the...

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More Fun with Creative Writing

More Fun with Creative Writing

COURSE No. 143

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

This course has been devised in response to those of you who have already attended at least one of Fleur's other creative writing courses, enjoyed it and asked for more. This time, there will be new and challenging exercises and some repeats with a different slant using a range of stimuli to inspire youto write poetry, drama, short stories and autobiographical...

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Discovering Shakespeare: Richard II

Discovering Shakespeare: Richard II

New for 2017

COURSE No. 144

TUTOR: Julia Pritchard

Were you put off Shakespeare at school or would you like to learn more about his plays? If so, come and explore Richard II in a relaxed atmosphere with DVD extracts to illustrate it. Don't think of this as a history play, more as a medieval House of Cards, or a tragedy as it was billed originally. John of Gaunt's...

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These We Have Loved

These We Have Loved

New for 2017

COURSE No. 145

TUTOR: Wes Magee

Do you remember, with delight, books such as Enid Blyton's Famous Five, Captain W. E. Johns' Biggles adventures, Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons or A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh and Now We Are Six? Wes will take you back down memory lane as he looks at the lives, the loves, the times and the books of a clutch of famous children's authors...

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Hardy to Heaney: The Great 20th Century Poets

Hardy to Heaney: The Great 20th Century Poets

New for 2017

COURSE No. 146

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

Poetry delights the senses and revives the soul. Come and discover one of the greatest periods of English poetry; beginning with Hardy at the outset of the century and continuing with the poets of the First World War whose words are so immediate to us exactly a hundred years on. Fleur will then explore with you the post-war poets W.B. Yeats, T.S....

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Starting to Write your Memoirs

Starting to Write your Memoirs

COURSE No. 147

TUTOR: Wes Magee

Everyone has a story to tell. Here is an opportunity to start the journey of writing down the story of your life. You will begin with a chronological timeline, write early memories, depict characters, organise a structure for your life story, add a dedication and create a contents list. In other words, start to write your 'life book'. Feel free to bring...

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Writer's Workshop

Writer's Workshop

New for 2017

COURSE No. 148,149

TUTOR: Suzannah Dunn

This course is for anyone keen to move beyond writing exercises to work on longer pieces such as a story, or collection of stories, a novel or a creative non-fiction narrative. There will be plenty of the necessary 'How To' tips covering structure and plot, point-of-view and voice, character and dialogue and a clear eyed look at the contemporary publishing industry....

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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

New for 2017

COURSE No. 150

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

The Merchant of Venice, written between 1596 and 1598, is perhaps Shakespeare's most controversial comedy centred on love, money, prejudice and social injustice but particularly money and revenge. Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy. Meanwhile, in the character of Shylock he creates one of the most memorable outsiders in all of theatre....

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Writing for the Screen

Writing for the Screen

COURSE No. 152

TUTOR: Harry Oulton

Writing a script for a television programme or film, whether an Oscar winning screenplay, a long running TV drama series or even a DVD for a family occasion, is not like any other sort of writing. It's way more fun. In this course, BAFTA nominated TV producer and children's novelist Harry will explore the nature of scripted drama and make it both...

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