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Creative Writing

We will explore various writing techniques in poetry and prose fiction. We will discuss works of poetry and fiction by established writers. We will workshop our own creative work and share with the class. We will produce a pamphlet of creative work – five poems or a short story.

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way” – Ernest Hemmingway

During the course you will look at:
– Poetry in the 21st century ‘the new formalists’
– Free verse poetry exercise
– The sonnet then and now
– The short story
– Ekphrasis (the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device)
– Narrative in film
– Music and writing
All classes will involve writing and reading exercises with a workshop of students’ work.

Please bring a notepad and pen to use during the course.

Apply for this course

11/01/2022 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : RECN0008/21/2AC
Duration : 10 Weeks

Cost : Total Fee £125

North Devon campus Apply
26/04/2022 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : RECN0008/21/3AC
Duration : 11 Weeks

Cost : Total Fee £125

North Devon campus Apply

Course details


There are no formal assessments.

Entry Requirements

You will need a willingness to be creative, have fun, share ideas and absorb ideas!


After completing this course, you can enrol on further creative writing courses.


Q. What day and times does this course run?

A. Tuesday nights at our main Barnstaple campus from 18:00 to 20:30.

Q. What are the next steps after I apply?

A. Once you have paid online you will receive a confirmation email of your enrolment. This will contain details of the course, venue and start date. We will only contact you again if we need to cancel the course or make any changes.

Q. Where do I go on the first night?

A. Please report to main reception at Petroc’s North Devon Campus. From there you will be directed to the classroom.

Q. Where do I park/do I have to pay?

A. There is ample free parking at Petroc in the evenings.

Please note: This course will not run during college holidays.

Apply for this course

Staring Date : 11/01/2022
Course Code : RECN0008/21/2AC North Devon campus Apply
Staring Date : 26/04/2022
Course Code : RECN0008/21/3AC North Devon campus Apply

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