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Characters that 'Pop'!

Creative Writing Taster Lecture

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Speaker: Dr Claire Griffiths, Programme Director and Assistant Professor in Creative Writing

Date: Monday 1st November 2021, 4:30-5:30pm (GMT)

The NCH creative writing minor allows students to harness the full expressive potential and persuasive power of language, and provides the tools and the confidence to approach a wide range of literary forms – from short fiction and immersive journalism, to poetry and scriptwriting for stage, radio, and screen – with aesthetic judgement and practical command.

In this taster lecture we’ll focus on character creation in prose: how to create authentic-feeling characters and how to transpose them from your imagination to the page. We’ll look at a handy character creation tool called the Proust Questionnaire, and consider how we might use it to inform our characters’ actions and reactions. 

We’ll also think about how to make characters ‘come alive’ on the page, by comparing the craft choices of the classic English author Charles Dickens and the contemporary Trinidad and Tobago writer Michelene Adams. 

This taster will include ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors. No prior reading or experience of creative writing are needed, and all are very welcome!

Here’s what previous participants have said about our Creative Writing Taster Lectures:

“The content was very interesting, informative and helpful, and was presented in a way that was easy to understand. This session answered many of the question I had about studying Creative Writing.”

“Clear and informative – a good taster of a Creative Writing class, but also offered interesting perspectives on the nature of Creative Writing. I especially liked the reading of the play, and how Jaya explained about building narrative tension.”

“The lecturer gave us an insight into what a lecture or class at NCH would be like. It helped me see if the course would be interesting and something I would like to study. I also really liked the polls! It made the lecture very fun.”

“Jaya spoke very clearly and made very relatable interesting points!!”

“Lots of useful, practical information about how the NCH Creative Writing course works, and why it’s useful to study creative writing. I really liked the interactive polls as well.”

“Thank you very much for answering all the questions of those who attended. I found the answers to questions asked very helpful. It’s really appreciated :)”