COURSES - West Dean College
Ruth Brandt is a Prize winning Writer and Creative Writing Tutor in Surrey. She runs Courses and Workshops in Surrey

West Dean College

I am a short course tutor at West Dean College, near Chichester, West Sussex. West Dean College is a centre of excellence and a unique place to study. The 19th century house is surrounded by acres of gardens and views of the South Downs, providing wonderful tranquillity and inspiration for writers.
 
My courses are suitable for writers of all ability levels. Plenty of support and feedback is provided.
 
Writing Flash Fiction
8-10 November 2019, Friday-Sunday
On this course you will gain a better understanding of how to write a compelling piece of flash fiction, complete stories of fewer than 1,000 words. This includes creating a vivid story world; using sensory detail, metaphor and imagery; exploring character movement; and editing a piece where the feel as well as meaning of every word matters. Through written exercises you will explore each of these areas and discover how they can be used to write a story which is short on words but long on depth.
 
You will be given advice about the process of submitting work to competitions and for publication.
 
Working in a supportive, encouraging environment you will give and receive feedback on each others’ work and receive regular feedback and guidance from the tutor. The focus will be on making your flash fiction story as impactful as it can be. There will be plenty of time for independent writing in and around the inspirational College and gardens.
 
By the end of the weekend you will have developed an understanding of the nature of flash fiction and written and edited several pieces. You will leave with increased writing skills, several completed flash fiction stories and the confidence to write more.
Creating Fictional Characters
21-23 February 2020, Friday-Sunday
Your characters are key to your story, indeed the only reason your story can take place. Whether you are writing short stories, novels, plays or screenplays, this course will help you to write characters that will keep readers and viewers engaged.
 
On this course you will learn the importance of writing unique and interesting, three-dimensional characters who have clear motivations which bring them into conflict with their worlds. You will learn how dialogue and action can be used to deepen your characters and reveal their relationships, as well as showing their morals, attitudes, emotional states and opinions. You will study the impact of setting on characters, what makes a character stereotypical and the reasons we avoid writing stereotypes, and the similarities and differences between characters and real people. You will consider the lightness of touch needed when describing characters.
 
Working in a supportive, encouraging environment you will explore each of these areas through class discussions and written exercises. Regular feedback and guidance will be provided by the tutor. There will be plenty of time for independent writing in and around the inspirational College and gardens.
 
By the end of the course you will have developed an understanding of the importance creating unique and engaging fictional characters, and written and edited several pieces. You will leave with increased writing skills, new ideas for creating characters and the confidence to write more.
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