Start Writing Fiction with Anjali Joseph
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Anjali Joseph, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize, teaches the essentials of writing fiction: how to build credible characters, develop a narrative and plot, read like a writer and edit your own work.
The course is perfect for new writers and writers trying to write more regularly. Over 12 weeks of inspirational teaching, exercises and assignments you will learn how to write short stories and receive personalised feedback on your work from Anjali.
“Anjali was helpful, insightful, patient, communicative and sympathetic to my own writing needs, and to all the others on the course. Thank you Anjali.” Paul, previous student
Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high quality experience. Book quickly to secure your place.
By the end of the course you will:
- Be familiar with the basic elements of a short story
- Have examined some published short stories in detail
- Write a complete short story, using what you have learnt about the workings of fiction
- Know how to give and receive useful, precise feedback and revise and improve your work
- Know how to keep your own writer’s notebook and generate new ideas
Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.
About the course
The course is divided into six modules, each of which introduces an aspect of the craft of writing fiction. Your knowledge will be developed through writing exercises, the analysis of samples of writing and discussion with your tutor and fellow students.
The modules are posted fortnightly. Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.
Module assignments are between 500 and 1,000 words. Your tutor will give you written feedback on every assignment you submit, but only the third and final assignments will be assessed for your Certificate of Completion.
You’ll receive a detailed, practical and engaging course with expert tutor feedback.
“Anjali was amazing. I couldn’t have wished for a better tutor. My writing was quite different to a lot of the other course members as I write fantasy and she was extremely supportive and helpful even with that.” Pip, previous student
Anjali Joseph’s course
Anjali was born in Bombay. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and did the MA course in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she also taught creative writing to undergraduates for four years. She teaches at the Arvon Foundation and elsewhere. Saraswati Park (2010), her first novel, won the Desmond Elliott and Betty Trask Prizes, and was joint winner of the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction in India. Another Country, her second novel (2012) was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. The Living, her third novel, appeared in March 2016.
“An exceptional, unexpected work.” The Guardian review of The Living
- Getting started – explore exercises to release your creativity and meet your fellow students.
- Character – getting to know your characters inside-out and how to write credible dialogue.
- Finding the story – how finding the right structure can make even the simplest story engaging.
- Whose story is it, and who is telling it? – how does your story change depending on the point of view?
- Making it better – redrafting and self-editing and how to take and provide constructive criticism.
- Beginnings and endings – how to hook a reader and subvert expectations.