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Our two-year, part-time Diploma allows you to strengthen your ability in four major areas of literary activity — prose, poetry, drama and analytical reading — as well as the chance to specialise in the medium of your choice. The course is structured around Saturday day schools four per termoffering a rich combination of seminars, one-to-one tutorials and group discussions.
The chance to have your work read and analysed by a supportive, suitably skilled peer group is one of the great benefits of the course, offering fresh perspectives and insights on your writing.
At the same time, we emphasise the importance of individual voice and vision, and there will be ample time for one-to-one, in-depth discussion of your work. Many of our former students have had work accepted for publication during or after their time with us.
This will give you the chance to meet the Course Director, Dr John Ballam, and tutors, and discuss the course. We are looking for enthusiastic writers with a strong commitment to improving their craft, an awareness of literary areas and a degree of articulacy in discussing them, and the capacity for intellectual and imaginative development.
Do be aware that this is an intensive and challenging course, and you will need to consider carefully whether you can offer the high level of commitment required. You should be prepared to devote at least 12 hours a week to your writing outside of the timetabled classes. You must already be active as a writer, but it is not essential to have been published.
Our students come from many backgrounds, and range in age from their 20s to their 70s. Some have previous experience of literary study, but again, this is not essential. If you apply, we will ask you to submit a small portfolio of your work.
Admission is selective and would be based on your portfolio and an interview. How you will study Each term you will attend four Saturday day schools, which run from 9. In the day schools you will take part in: You will also attend one Sunday day school each term, which is paired with one of the Saturday schools.
Throughout the course, you will be producing your own work see below for more details. Remember that you will need to devote a considerable amount of time to your writing outside the timetabled sessions — you should plan for at least 12 hours each week.
The course in detail Course content Year 1 seminars The first term provides an introduction to the three main genres: From the outset you will be able to engage in practical activity and wide-ranging group discussions of aims, techniques and issues.
All good writers must first be skilled readers.
Developing your strengths as a critical, intelligent reader allows you to consider and articulate the ways in which various kinds of writing work. In the second term, you can refine and develop your analytical skills with three weeks of Reading for Writers, followed by seven weeks of close attention to the structures and approaches of prose fiction.
The third term concentrates on how to address the challenges of writing poetry and stage drama. Year 2 seminars Year 2 allows you to consolidate and broaden the advances in skill, confidence and analytical ability you will have made in Year 1.
Term 4 provides in-depth concentration on short and long fiction, while Term 5 focuses on advanced Reading for Writers three weeks and further high-level consideration of the craft of poetry.
Term 6 gives students up-to-the-minute experience of how to write broadcast drama. Tutorials Each term you will have two tutorials of 45 minutes each. These one-to-one sessions allow time for concentrated appraisal of your work in progress, giving you feedback on the strengths of your work as well as those areas which may need improvement.
The tutorials focus on work you have produced in relation to the genres studied during that term. This means that as early as Term 1 you have considerable freedom of choice to engage with prose, poetry or drama though you should expect to engage with more than one category in that term.
Space for specialisation At the end of both years you will be able to work more extensively in your own area of interest, producing a portfolio of around 4, words in the case of prose and drama, or around lines of poetry. Your second-year portfolio is allocated four term weeks for concentrated attention, guided by a preliminary tutorial discussion of the content you are proposing, and a review tutorial on completion of the project.
You can hear readings by well-known writers from all genres, and engage in discussions with them, as well as enjoying related workshop sessions.
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