By Steve May
Are you beginning a creative writing direction? Or brooding about taking one? Doing artistic Writing is the precise advisor to what you need to count on, what is going to be anticipated of you and the way you will get the main out of your direction. It in actual fact and concisely outlines: the contexts for inventive writing classes, explaining the place the topic has come from and why that issues the content material, constitution and supply of the classes, aiding you to understand how your direction may be formed, what you may be requested to do and why the talents you are going to strengthen, from strength of mind and time administration via to the association of rules, 'reading as a author' and modifying chances past the direction, exhibiting the way you proceed to learn from what you could have realized. Drawing on years of educating and writing adventure, in addition to interviews with a variety of scholars, Steve may possibly offers all the background, advice and encouragement you must embark on a artistic writing path with whole self belief and to get greatest take advantage of each writing consultation.
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Starting from now, work backwards for exactly one week, noting down what writing you’ve done, and when. Don’t just include ‘creative’ writing; note everything – shopping lists, academic essays, e-mails to your bank manager, even forms and lottery tickets. Can you see any patterns? More important, can you see any gaps, any opportunities that you’re missing? Try keeping a diary. In my experience you will probably have to set aside a certain time of day to do this, maybe either first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Does it read back like a story/novel? If not, why not? 2 Creative writing: why take a university course? • • • • What makes a university course different from other courses? What will I have to do apart from writing? Why do I have to read other writers? What might the benefits of a formal creative writing course be? There is a long history of writing courses outside of higher education. These range from those correspondence courses you may have seen advertised in some newspapers, which promise to refund your money if you don’t earn it back from selling your writing, through week-long or weekend residential courses (such as those run by the Arvon Foundation), to evening classes and writing groups that are avowedly for ‘fun’, treating writing as a hobby rather than for success or proﬁt.
It is the balance between ‘aesthetic’ and ‘professional’ content and emphasis in courses that it is important for you to understand and gauge as a student. The situation is complicated because, as creative writing expands in universities, the diﬀerent kinds of courses and modules mingle, and staﬀ with diﬀering, sometimes competing, interests are required to work together to develop a coherent course and philosophy. It would be dishonest of me to claim that all those involved in the teaching of creative 37 THE CONTEXT writing share common aims and visions; there are tensions, and it is important for you as a student to understand these.