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Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Bishopsgate Institute
Course summary
6 sessions
Online courses
Leisure / Fun Classes

Course description

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

We will explore the techniques used in the personal essay, the autofiction novel, and other journalistic and more experimental/hybrid forms. As a supportive group, we will share work and offer one another feedback, pushing one another to be braver, more self-reflective and more deeply engaged in our writing practice.

Each week we will look at and discuss extracts from contemporary writers working in different creative non-fiction forms. We will analyse and discuss the possibilities of each form and in the week that follows we will produce a piece of work in that style, sharing our work-in-progress with the group. We will also discuss ideas around "truth", "reality" and narrative, exploring how the political, the personal and the imaginative intersect to create powerful and original writing.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is for anyone who is curious about language and ideas. It is for anyone who wants to develop their creative writing skills, take risks and engage in discussions about what it might mean to write the "truth". It is a course for anyone interested in exploring how different narrative forms offer us new ways to understand and write the reality around us.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Learnt to read like a writer, developing a critical awareness of the forms and technique being used within a text
  • Been introduced to the editing and structuring skills needed to make successful decisions about your own work
  • Written 500 words each week at home to share with the class and you will read/feedback on other participants work
  • Learnt to take risks and explore new forms, harnessing playful experimentation in order to develop your ideas
  • Discovered new writers and develop an overview of current creative non-fiction trends and possibilities.

Training Course Content

Week 1

What is Creative Non-Fiction?

Week 2

The Personal Essay.

Week 3

Travel/Nature Writing.

Week 4

Memoir and Biography.

Week 5


Week 6

New new journalism.

Course delivery details

Course occurs on Monday for 6 weeks, Timing: 19:00 - 21:00


Course fee: £95/£71 conc.

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Bishopsgate Institute

Bishopsgate Institute is a cultural venue within the heart of London. Fiercely independent since 1895, Bishopsgate Institute attracts a vibrant, curious community and is a home for ideas and debate, learning and enquiry. Its motto is ‘I never stop learning’,...

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230 Bishopsgate
EC2M 4QH London

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