Exploring and Editing your Writing Voice with Sabrina Smith
6 week course – 22nd April 2020 to 27th May 2020
Wednesdays – 7 – 9pm
Venue: Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel, 45 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX
£128.00 – £133.00
Do you have a novel or short story you’ve been working on and feel stuck? On this course, explore the ways in which you might edit existing work with atmosphere, place, voice and your own stylistic ideas in mind. Enhance your stylistic control, presentation of ideas and worlds through a series of bespoke exercises and peer feedback sessions designed to strengthen scene purpose(s), authenticity of character voice(s), formatting, continuity, scene structure, atmosphere and place. Begin to read as a writer and build your critical vocabulary as a writer.
About the Tutor:
Sabrina Mei-Li Smith is a writer, community arts facilitator and tutor of creative writing. She has received Arts Council funding for prose-based projects and worked with The Royal Court and BBC. In 2018 she began her Ph.D. in creative writing with De Montfort University and lectures ‘Writing Identity’, ‘Writing Ecosystems’ and ‘Professional Writing Skills’ on De Montfort’s creative writing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She has been recruited to lead Leicester City Council’s ‘Memories into Healing Words’ project which endeavours to establish Leicester as a Dementia friendly city through the engagement of poetry and creative writing. Her play, The Holy Bible, was developed with Derby Theatre as part of their 2018 BME writers programme.
This prose-based course would address the development of your writing style, voice and your writing identity. This course will enable you to write creatively about fictional characters and settings with insight and clarity. We will cover a range of explorative and editing techniques, designed to enhance and sharpen existing work and analyse your writing voice.
We will begin to develop your own personal style, in relation to your writing identity and deconstruct what genres, forms and stylistic conventions appeal to you as a writer and as a reader. We will analyse how your writing practice is informed by different types of fiction, offered by literary history and personal tastes. We will develop your presentation of fiction via editing techniques and structured peer feedback sessions.
You will begin to build up a critical vocabulary for talking about writing and discuss how reading for craft enhances your own writing voice.