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Creative writing | English spoken

Tuesday from 19:30-21:30 h (with homework assignments)

McKenna Faulkner

For whom
For beginners, and also for more intermediate or advanced writers in need of a refresher or  some group feedback.

It may seem like all good writers were born with some innate artistic ability, and while that’s undoubtedly true of (some) Nobel Prize winners, don’t be fooled: almost all good writing is a product of perseverance, discovery, and gradual improvement. It is also a product of knowing what you’re doing, and that’s where this course comes in.

In this course, we will go over all the basics of creative writing, covering topics that range from choosing a premise to writing effective dialogue. You will be introduced to a wide variety of genres and get to practice implementing more or less subtle strategies to improve your writing. More importantly perhaps, you will be encouraged to explore your own personal voice and all throughout the course the feedback you receive from your teacher and peers will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and allow you to improve upon them.

Though this course is mostly geared toward beginners, more intermediate or advanced writers in need of a refresher or just some group feedback are also welcome to join.

In this course, you will:
-learn the basic tools that writers use to enchant
-(start to) discover your own voice
-practice giving and receiving feedback on written work
-have the opportunity to explore a variety of genres

About the lessons:
Each lesson will consist of numerous writing exercises. Some will be short, in which case you will be immediately given the opportunity to exchange feedback in small groups or with the whole class. Some of the exercises will be longer and you will get to finish them at home and present them in class the following week.

Max. participants: 8

McKenna Faulkner is an American-Dutch writer and poet.  Having completed a degree in Linguistics, she currently studies Creative Writing at Oxford. Though she enjoys a variety of genres, fantasy holds a special place in her heart. Her poetry and short stories have been published in magazines such as Tijdschrift Ei, Absint, and Fragmented Voices. She was also selected for the Das Mag Zomerkamp residency in 2022 and is in the process of completing the Full Circle talent development program for Dutch writers and poets.

Please contact info@lakcursussen.nl if you have troubles registering for the courses. You can also give us a call at 071 527 2317 

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Register on time! A course can only start with enough participants (this will be decided a week before the start).

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