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Reading for writing Key course information Dates 12/04/10 - 28/06/10 Day(s) Mon Duration 10 weeks Time 12:30 - 14:30 Fees Full fee: ?97 Senior fee: ?58 Concession: ?28 Venue Keeley Street Course code HW240 Course outline What is the course about? Acquiring writing skills by reading critically; learning to understand how writers create their effects by reading. Before creative writing courses, this was the only way writers learnt their craft. Reading: 20 - 50 pages of fiction per week. Completing writing assignments. What topics will we cover? - Point of view - Representing consciousness - Dialogue - Sentence making, style - Creating tension. By the end of this course you should be able to: - Read as a writer, understanding how the text is working - Demonstrate an awareness of how difficult writing is - Approach the writing task with greater temerity. What level is the course and do I need any particular skills? Experience of writing fiction is required. You need to have a solid grasp of basic writing skills, such as grammar, punctuation, etc You will be expected to read 20 to 50 pages of fiction per week and to produce written work on a regular basis. How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class? Through directed reading and discussion, sharing work in a supportive atmosphere, criticism and feedback. The tutor will pursue a syllabus. The Tutor Neil Ferguson is the author of three well-received novels - Double Helix Fall (Abacus, 1990), Putting Out (1988) and English Weather (1996) published in hardback by Abacus and Gollancz, and a collection of short stories, Bars of America (1986) . His work has been translated into five European languages and published in the USA (Faber, Penguin). He has had a number of poems published; in 2001 he was short-listed for the Poetry Review Dearmer Prize. His short fiction has been published in London Magazine, Interzone, Esquire etc. He has also taught literacy and English as a Second Language to adults for over 20 years. He is a professional writer and an experienced adult education tutor. City lit reserves the right to change course tutors or venues from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor/venue. Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring? A reading list will include: Henry Green, Loving Nabokov, Mary James Salter, Last Night Paula Fox, Desperate Characters. Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol? No. What feedback will I get? You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. How will I be able to give my views on the course? Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses. How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning? You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; study support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). When I've finished, what course can I do next? General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 - 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 - 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details. Advice times: During term-time Monday 12.30-13.30 and 17.30-18.30 Thursday 12.30-13.30 and 17.30-18.30 Non term-time Monday 17.30-18.30 Thursday 12.30-13.30

Reading for writing Key course information Dates 12/04/10 - 28/06/10 Day(s) Mon Duration 10 weeks Time 12:30 - 14:30 Fees Full fee: ?97 Senior fee: ?58 Concession: ?28 Venue Keeley Street Course code HW240 Course outline What is the course about? Acquiring writing skills by reading critically; learning to understand how writers create their effects by reading. Before creative writing courses,...

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