Twas the Night Before Christmas: Writing Seasonal Stories with Shaun Kennedy

Ref: C2345560

Christmas is a wonderful time of year which many of us hold very dear. Of course it has also long been a great inspiration for storytelling. Charles Dickens penned many tales relating to the iconography and message of the season, and many households gather annually to watch festive favourites such as ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. No matter one’s religious or personal beliefs, any individual that admires the season may find the creative juices flowing throughout this course. Through lecture, discussion, excerpts, and exercises we will aim to understand the various components and perspectives to the season and how that can be used in various ways to tell impactful stories relating to ‘Christmas’. Festive dress-up is welcome!

Course aim

This two-part course will provide students with a variety of tips and exercises - relating to the theme of ‘Christmas’ – to help improve and share their creative writing talents.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define and observe short-form storytelling relating to ‘Christmas’
  • Identify and discuss the ‘aesthetics’ and ‘ideologies’ of ‘Christmas’
  • Identify pre-existing fiction and creators that utilise ‘Christmas’
  • Practise and share scenes and short stories – fiction or non-fiction – relating to ‘Christmas’

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pen & paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Twas the Night Before Christmas: Writing Seasonal Stories with Shaun Kennedy

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