(90h in 45 sessions + individual sessions in April)
A three-month ‘input’ seminar on the basics of writing. We will look closely at character, description, dialogue and setting, as well as other important aspects of fiction writing. We will be reading some of the greatest short story writers, from Chekhov to Munro, and discuss the many approaches to crafting a story. There is no set recipe for the perfect story: each of us is different and has a unique project in mind, therefore this is not a 12-step program, rather a creatively tailored approach to individual writing preferences.
Participants will be given a series of exercises to complete and give feedback on during our sessions. These will be short assignments working with description, character, scene, setting, etc. Everyone expecting feedback is required to offer it to at least two other participants.
We will be discussing our short story ideas, decide on the best approach (theme, protagonist, point of view, etc.) for each story individually and give feedback to our peers. This will be the creative pre-writing phase of our journey. What is your theme? Who is your protagonist? What point of view should you use?
Each participant will be working on their story individually with one-to-one tutor sessions tailored to each specific project. The one-hour consulting sessions with each student will take place once a week. May will be dedicated to close reading and re-writing so that we can each provide feedback to our peers in June. You are expected to have read at least two short stories from the group by June in order to provide feedback.
In-class sessions to discuss our finished stories, talk about the writing itself, our ups and downs throughout the whole process and exchange valuable feedback with our peers.
- Chekhov, Anton and Bartlett, Rosamund (trans.) About Love and Other Stories. (Oxford World’s Classics in OUP, 2004)
- Kafka, Franz. Selected Stories. (W. W. Norton & Company, 2006)
- Munro, Alice. Dear Life.(Chato & Windus, London, 2012)
- O’Brien, Edna. The Love Object. (Little, Brown and Company, NewYork, 2015)
- Paley, Grace. The Collected Stories. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1994)
- Other stories and passages which the teacher will send to you before class discussions.
* We will NOT be reading all of the stories in these collections. It is not required that you purchase any books for this workshop, though all of these titles are recommended as indispensible to any writer.
- Koch, Stephen. Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. (Modern Library – Random House, New York, 2003)
- Morrell, Jessica. Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing. (Writer’s Digest Books, 2006)
- Prose, Francine. Reading Like a Writer. (HarperCollins, USA, 2006)
- Wood, James. How Fiction Works. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2008)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I join the course if I write in Spanish/Catalan?
Yes. The course is taught in English, but your tutor will read your writing in Spanish or Catalan and provide you with feedback.
Will you correct my grammar and spelling mistakes?
Your tutor might discuss these with you personally, but will not be doing any English language teaching during the course. This means that she will focus mostly on other aspects of your writing (character, description, setting, dialogue) and not proofreading.
I am not a writer, but I want to improve my English. Is this course for me?
If you are not interested in writing and literature, doing a nine-month creative writing course might prove difficult. We suggest you contact us directly to get more information about other courses and one-on-one classes in English.
If you prefer to pay in three separate instalments (378€/trimester – 1134€ total), you can register for the course through this page, but complete your registration in person at Escola Bloom. Note that all three payments will be mandatory and you cannot opt for one-trimester only.