Literature: Memories, Murder and Misery - exploring creative non-fiction

Ref: C3533143

In this course we will study a range of creative non-fiction (CNF) including: travel writing, true crime, memoir and (auto)biography. We will look at how writers of non-fiction bring their stories to life using dialogue, setting and point of view. We will explore the differences and similarities between fiction and non-fiction. As well as reading excerpts from a variety of texts, students are encouraged to participate in some writing activities and use a writer's notebook to generate ideas. Perhaps you have a favourite place you want to write about or an event that has shaped your life? This course will help you gain confidence in your writing, encourage you to make a regular writing habit and help you tell your story honestly and authentically, as only you can.

Course aim

This course will explore reading and writing a range of creative non-fiction. Students will look at the literary techniques used to bring writing to life and explore the differences and similarities between fiction and non-fiction.

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:

  • Show an awareness and understanding of the differences and similarities between fiction and non-fiction.
  • Consider and identify a range of creative non-fiction such as true crime, memoir and travel writing.
  • Develop an understanding of points of view, narration and literary devices used to bring stories to life.
  • Be confident in class participation and in starting to write creative non-fiction.
  • Utilise a writer’s notebook to develop a regular writing habit.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All excerpts of creative non-fiction will be provided on Canvas, but students will find it helpful to have a notepad and pen handy for the writing exercises.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Literature: Memories, Murder and Misery - exploring creative non-fiction

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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