Fiction Writing Certificate. Unit 1. Character and Point of View with Laura Wilkinson

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About this course

Please note that the course fee of £1044 (which covers all three units) is payable in advance of study.

During this three-unit course, the key elements which underpin fiction writing are brought together into one continuing programme to support the development of writing a novel. Led by two published novelists, with plenty of mentoring and coaching experience.

This first unit is taught by Laura Wilkinson and will include:
Ideas generation and testing ideas and thinking like a writer (Friday evening)
Building or finding character
Point of view
Character arc and development (what change looks like/how does the character learn)

Course Description

Pre-course preparation:

Please read Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, Bernadine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other (or at least Amma’s opening chapter and Bummi’s scenes from Chapter Two), the opening three chapters of Mike Gayle’ Half a World Away and the opening three chapters of Claire Fuller’s Unsettled Ground.. For How-to reading, Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer is a great place to start, if you wish.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

Your usual writing equipment, notebook and pen, and/or laptop.


Arrival day: FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY
From 4.00-6.30pm Arrival for residential students
6.45pm Non-residential students please arrive by 6.45pm for welcome chat and dinner
7.00pm Dinner
8.00pm–9.00pm First teaching session – attendance is an essential part of the course.

9.15am Morning classes start
10.30am Coffee
11.00am Morning classes continue
12.45pm Lunch
2.00pm Afternoon classes
3.30pm Tea
4.00pm Afternoon classes continue
5.00pm Classes finish
From 7pm Dinner
8.00pm Evenings are untutored, for individual work.

Departure day: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY (Residential students to vacate rooms by 10am)
9.15am Morning classes start
10.30am Coffee
11.00am Morning classes continue
12.45pm Lunch
2.00pm Afternoon classes
3.00pm Classes finish
3.30pm Tea then departure

General Information


Laura Wilkinson Tutor on the MA Creative Writing course at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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