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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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Creative Writing: Who Do You Think You Are?

Creative Writing: Who Do You Think You Are?

COURSE No. 122

TUTOR: Geraldine Gent

Using the poetry of William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney as a springboard for discussion, you will explore your own life through a mix of poetry and prose. William Butler Yeats has written of a magical land full of myth and legend while at the same time exploring his identity, his country and his relationships. Seamus Heaney digs into the past...

The Poetry of Silvia Plath

The Poetry of Silvia Plath

New for 2019

COURSE No. 123

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

Plath (1932- 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Famously married to the poet Ted Hughes, sadly she was clinically depressed for most of her adult life, committing suicide in 1963. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections; The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, as...

Writing Comedy and Sitcom

Writing Comedy and Sitcom

COURSE No. 124

TUTOR: Marc Blake

This is a course in writing comedy for complete beginners. You will develop skills in joke structure and writing, stand-up comedy, sketches, situation comedy and comedy drama. Practical examples of each form will be analysed using screenings and scripts. You will develop a rough draft of your own sitcom or sketch show idea to be presented in class. The tutor has performed...

Writing the Novel

Writing the Novel

COURSE No. 125

TUTOR: Marc Blake

Everyone has a story inside them and this course intends to bring it out. In a series of practical exercises, you will learn the basic tenets of theme, plotting, characterisation, dialogue, genre and narrative and will apply them to your own work. There will be seminars on rewriting, editing, manuscript presentation and publishing your work. There will be class exercises, with the...

Much Ado About Shakespeare: Love, Comedy and the Meaning of Life

Much Ado About Shakespeare: Love, Comedy and the Meaning of Life

New for 2019

COURSE No. 126

TUTOR: Lauraine Klugman

On this course, play reading may lead to role playing, maybe hesitantly, maybe with panache! Your backdrop is Shakespeare's universal portrayals of love and doubt, joy and foolishness, friendship and gulling, jealousy, rivalry, hatred, cruelty and murderous envy. Extracts are provided from Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet. Offstage and uninvited, Hamlet may wait...

Dreams and Disillusions: The Great American Literature

Dreams and Disillusions: The Great American Literature

New for 2019

COURSE No. 127

TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

This course takes you on an exploration of three of the greatest works of 20th century American literature; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. The Great Gatsby creates a portrait of the Jazz Age of the roaring twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale...

Creative Writing: Visions of the Future

Creative Writing: Visions of the Future

New for 2019

COURSE No. 128

TUTOR: Geraldine Gent

How do you imagine a future world to be? Explore your creativity through visualising what sort of a society we could have. Would we be able to colonise another planet? Will scientific advancement help us to protect or destroy our planet? Should religious beliefs influence our governments? Reading extracts from The Handmaid's Tale, Thomas Moore's Utopia and Lord of the Flies, you...

Creative Writing: Poetry

Creative Writing: Poetry

COURSE No. 129

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...

Changing English: The How and The Why

Changing English: The How and The Why

New for 2019

COURSE No. 130

TUTOR: John Byrom

A language that does not change is usually classified as dead. English, now a global language, is full of life. In this course you will take a look at the significant changes that have taken place in its history. Why was the language once easy to spell? Is 'will' replacing 'shall' as a marker of the future tense? Are rural dialects...

An Introduction to Creative Writing

An Introduction to Creative Writing

COURSE No. 131

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...

Discovering Shakespeare: Othello

Discovering Shakespeare: Othello

New for 2019

COURSE No. 132

TUTOR: Julia Pritchard

Shakespeare's themes are universal and timeless. His powerful exploration of pathological jealousy has led to the term 'Othello Syndrome' being used in modern psychiatry and you see examples of such every day in the newspapers. Come and explore in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, how one man's insidious poison goes to work on everyone around him. You will read the play and...

Waterloo in History and Literature

Waterloo in History and Literature

New for 2019

COURSE No. 133

TUTOR: John Byrom

The Battle of Waterloo in 1815 was widely regarded as the grand finale of the Napoleonic wars and a moment of great significance. Within days, thousands of people flocked to the battlefield to pick up military mementos and to contemplate a new world order.Among them was Walter Scott who had already arranged for publication of an epic poem on the event...

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