What is the place of fiction in a world dominated by new technology? What is the fiction of the future, and who will write it?
The world-renowned Warwick Writing Programme (ranked 1st in the UK for creative writing teaching) is pleased to offer this practical and creative course. The course is designed for new and developing writers of fiction looking to take their work to the next level.
First, you’ll go through a refresher of the building blocks of fiction - character, narrative, style, and structure. Then, you will move on to explore both traditional (flash fictions, short stories, the novel) and experimental forms (hyperfiction, podcast, interactive and gaming narratives). Finally, it will be up to you decide what kind of fiction you think is best suited to the world we live in today, and what the best opportunities for new writers might be.
This course will give students a greater mastery of their creative process and an enhanced understanding of the world of contemporary fiction.
Students must have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Previous writing experience is useful, but not necessary.
- Course overview and introduction
- The Shape of Stories and traditional forms
- Style and the writer's toolbox
- Character and dialogue
- Process – From first idea to final draft
- First project: Flash fiction.
- Interactive narratives and breaking from the traditional
- Emergent and determinate structure
- Agency and the illusion of choice
- Building new worlds
- Second project: Twine narrative.
- Keeping going – Strategies for persistence
- The industry - Old pathways and new opportunities
- Finding an audience, ideal readers
- Third project: Pitch and cover letter.
This course aims to broaden the skills and knowledge of aspiring writers of fiction, in both the technical craft of writing itself and in the understanding of the forms fiction takes in the modern world.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Understand and use traditional narrative structures: story shapes, character arcs, the monomyth, and so on
- Demonstrate a more highly developed creative process, and an intellectual understanding of idea generation, planning, drafting, and editing
- Demonstrate a greater understanding of style, voice, point of view and consideration of audience as they are used in modern fiction
- Understand the different approaches to interactive narratives: determinate structure, emergent narrative, branching choices, and the interaction between mechanics and narrative
- Show a greater understanding of the modern fiction industry in traditional and emerging forms.
For this course, there will be 4 hours of teaching per day, comprised of interactive lectures and seminars as well as practical activities and workshops. Students will also be given time each day for independent study.
A 2000 word portfolio – this may comprise any combination of flash fictions, short stories, extracts from larger stories, Twine narratives, or another form of fiction writing (subject to approval from the lecturers)
- Wonderbook (Jeff Vandemeer)
- On Writing (Stephen King)
- Six Memos For the Next Millennium(Italo Calvino)
- Flash Fiction Forward (Robert Shapard)
Materials will be updated here after each lecture.