Category Archives: flash fiction

WEA Writing Class at Lakeside Arts

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From Inspiration to Finished Piece; the Art of Creative Writing ~ Spring Term 2016

Tutor: Nikki England

Venue: Djanogly Art Gallery ~ ( Meeting Room 1 Box Office) – Lakeside Arts Centre (Visual Arts Studio) University Park,Nottingham,NG7 2RD
Venue Contact:  0115 8232218
Date: Friday 22nd Jan – 12th Feb 2016
Time: 9.45am -3pm
Duration:4 Sessions
FEE: £80.85   Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-income
Down load the Course outline here:     Lakeside – From Inspiration to Finished Piece; the Art of Creative Writing C2335223  PDF 125KB

To avoid disappointment Enrol online now at:https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2015/CourseInfo.aspx?ActivityID=325078

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Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email ckeep@wea.org.uk

WEA Writing Course

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Collecting Words; The Art of Writing

Tutor: Nikki England

Venue: Djanogly Art Gallery- Lakeside Arts Centre (Visual Arts Studio) University Park,Nottingham,NG7 2RD

Dates: Friday 29th November 2013

Time: 9.45am -3pm

Duration:4 Sessions

FEE: £73.50(£66.15Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-income

 

Course aims:

To encourage participants to explore the art of poetry, fiction and memoir writing, building creative writing confidence and skills; to introduce participants to a range of creative writing ideas, techniques, styles and exercises; to discover inspiration from the Lakeside location and the David Ross Collection exhibition and to support an exploration of different genres of creative writing whilst working towards a finished piece (or collection of pieces).

Course description: Using the artwork in the David Ross Collection exhibition as inspiration for a variety of creative writing exercises, the course will look at the art of creative writing. Workshop activities on elements of poetry, memoir and short-story writing will feed into participants’ discussions about their own and others’ creative writing, with the aim of creating a collection of finished written pieces in a variety of individual styles. (Collecting Words; Creating an Anthology of New Writing will provide the opportunity to collect these into an anthology).

Any prior knowledge or entry requirements?

No previous experience necessary

 

Course content: what topics will the course cover?

• Finding Inspiration

• Exploring different genres and styles

• Writing short fiction

• Writing memoir

• Writing poetry

• Editing your own work and critiquing the work of others.

 

Teaching, learning and assessment methods: tick those to be used 

 

Demonstration

Discussion

Group work

Individual work

Written work

Question and answer

Activity outside class time

Observation

Practical work

 

How will I receive feedback on my learning progress and achievement?

• Peer and tutor comment on written work produced during writing exercises

• Discussion during/after exercises

• Group discussions on work produced

• Individual tutor feedback verbally or via email as required

Learning outcomes:

These are the intended outcomes and may be revised in discussion with the class. Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual outcomes.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Write a short piece inspired by the local area and/or the David Ross Collection exhibition

2. Be able to read your own and others’ work critically and analytically and have confidence in your ability to do this.

3. Complete and edit a piece of written work (poetry, memoir or fiction)

Reading and information sources: Is any reading/preparation essential or desirable?

There is no essential reading or preparation but all reading (particularly of poetry, memoir or short stories) is desirable.

 

Suggestions for progression to further study or for using the skills and knowledge gained:

Collecting Words; Creating an Anthology of New Writing

Writing courses from other educational establishments (such as Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University)

Creative writing competitions

 

Sound interesting?

Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email ckeep@wea.org.uk

WEA Nottingham Community Involvement

New Writing Course

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First Draft, First Cut; The Art of Writing Short Fiction ~ Spring Term 2013

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Using the artwork in the First Cut exhibition and the Lakeside location as inspiration for a variety of creative writing exercises, the course will look at the art of writing short fiction. Workshop activities on elements of flash fiction and short-story writing will feed into participants’ discussions about their own and others’ fictional writing. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of cutting and editing your writing; leaving gaps for the reader to fill and working towards a finished piece.

Tutor: Nicki England
Venue: Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Date: Friday 26th April 2013
Time
: 10am -3pm                         
Duration: 4 Sessions
Fee
: £70.00 (£63.00 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income

Course aims
• to encourage participants to explore the art of short fiction writing, building creative writing confidence and skills
• to introduce participants to a range of creative writing ideas, techniques, styles and exercises
• to discover inspiration from the Lakeside location and the First Cut exhibition
• to practice writing short fiction
• to encourage critical and self-analysis
• to encourage editing and re-writing whilst working towards a finished piece

Topics to be covered
• Finding Inspiration
• Character Development
• Location/Setting
• Plot – action and resolution
• Writing effective dialogue
• Cutting and editing

Learning outcomes
As a result of this course it may be possible for you to:
• Create characters, locations and plots within a piece of short fiction
• Write a short piece inspired by the local area and/or the The First Cut exhibition
• Be able to read your own and others’ work critically and analytically and have confidence in your ability to do this
• Recognise the importance of cutting and editing your own writing
• Develop editing/critiquing skills and techniques
• Recognise basic elements of successful short fiction
• Write a piece of flash fiction or a short story including these basic elements

Teaching/learning methods
• Exercises in specific writing tasks
• Tutor input
• Learner input
• Discussion and comment
• Read through
• Writing tasks set as ‘homework’ as negotiated and agreed with individual learners
• One-to-one or email tutorials as required

Assessment methods
• Written work produced during writing exercises
• Observation and discussion during/after exercises
• Comments concerning own work
• Comments concerning others’ work
• Written work produced by end of course

Previous learning required
No previous experience necessary

Recommended books, materials or equipment
None, although a hard-backed notebook for writing exercises on-the-go may be useful.

There may be some background reading tasks set as ‘homework’, as agreed with learners

Learners may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials.

Progression
The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice County Leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or Programme Organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your Programme Organiser.

Financial help
If you need help with paying for registration fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with learning
If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills
You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask you tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email 
ckeep@wea.org.uk

The Bridport Prize – poems; short stories; fiction

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The Bridport Prize is now welcoming submissions for their annual competitions

  • Poems – 42 lines maximum
  • Short stories – 5000 words maximum
  • Flash Fiction – 250 words maximum

Titles are not included in the word counts.

Prizes for poetry and short stories

  • £5000 first prize
  • £1000 second prize
  • £500 Third prize

prizes for flash fiction

  • £1000 first prize
  • £500 second prize
  • £250 third prizes
  • 3 additional prizes of £25

Closing date Friday 31 May 2013

More information available from The Bridport Prize

New Course at Lakeside Arts Centre

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Writing Short Fiction in Nottinghamshire ~ Spring Term 2013

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Using the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition and the local area as inspiration for a variety of creative writing exercises, the course will look at the art of writing short fiction and “capturing the authenticity of ‘normal lives’”. Workshop activities on elements of flash fiction and short-story writing will feed into participants’ discussions about their own and others’ fictional writing.

Tutor: Nikki England

Venue: Lakeside Arts Centre (Visual Arts Studio) University Park,Nottingham,NG7 2RD

Dates: Friday 18th January 2013

Time:10am -3pm Duration: 4 sessions

Fee: £70.00 (£63.00 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-incomeCourse aims

Course Aims

  • to encourage participants to explore the art of short fiction writing, building creative writing confidence and skills
  • to introduce participants to a range of creative writing ideas, techniques, styles and exercises
  • to discover inspiration from the local area and the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition
  • to practice writing short fiction

Topics to be covered

• Finding Inspiration

• Character Development

• Location/Setting

• Plot – action and resolution

• Writing effective dialogue

• Style, themes and point of view

Learning outcomes

As a result of this course it may be possible for you to:

  • Create characters, locations and plots within a piece of short fiction
  • Write a short piece inspired by the local area and/or the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition
  • Be able to read your own and others’ work critically and analytically and have confidence in your ability to do this
  • Recognise basic elements of successful short fiction
  • Write a piece of flash fiction or a short story including these basic elements

Teaching/learning methods

  • Exercises in specific writing tasks
  • Tutor input
  • Learner input
  • Discussion and comment
  • Read through
  • Writing tasks set as ‘homework’ as negotiated and agreed with individual learners
  • One-to-one or email tutorials as required

Assessment methods

  •  Written work produced during writing exercises
  • Observation and discussion during/after exercises
  • Comments concerning own work
  • Comments concerning others’ work
  • Written work produced by end of course

No previous experience necessary

Recommended books, materials or equipment

None, although a hard-backed notebook for writing exercises on-the-go may be useful There may be some background reading tasks set as ‘homework’, as agreed with learners

Learners may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials.

Progression

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice County Leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or Programme Organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your Programme Organiser.

Financial help

If you need help with paying for registration fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with learning

If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills

You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask you tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?

Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email ckeep@wea.org.uk

Museo de la Palabra Short Tales Contest

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“Words and Freedom”

Entries for the third Museo de la Palabra (Museum of the Word) Short Tales Contest for International Flash Fiction are now being accepted. The Flash Fiction stories must not exceed 100 words; can be written in Hebrew, English, Arabic or Spanish and fit the slogan “Words and Freedom” – deadline on the International Day of Words,  23rd November 2012.

  • $20,000 top prize
  • $ 1,000 will be awarded to three runners up for the best stories from the languages supported in the competition

More information from Museo de la Palabra – Fundación Cesar Egido Serrano

Idyllic Bliss

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Student Writing

Following on from The Art of Writing Short Fiction course at the Lakeside Arts Centre, I am delighted to post the first piece of  student writing on the site. Rosemary Jarrett used the paintings of Dame Laura Knight in the exhibition as inspiration for her story Idyllic Bliss.

I particularly enjoyed the way that the paintings of Dame Laura Knight create the background for the story and become a vital part of it.

To read the story (and post a comment) click here. I am looking forward to posting many more pieces of writing from Rosemary and the rest of the group…