Writing the Minimal Sublime: Flash Fiction vs the Prose Poem

Creative Writing Taster Lecture

Speaker: Jaya Savige, Lecturer in English and Head of Creative Writing
Date: Friday 12 February 2021, 4:30-5:30pm

The NCH creative writing programme 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.

This Creative Writing taster workshop focuses on two of the most popular forms of creative writing today: flash fiction and prose poetry. We consider the affinities and differences between these related forms, and techniques for working in both.

Attendees will undertake short writing exercises, adapted from the Creative Writing programme at NCH, designed to deepen your understanding of these related genres (and your understanding of genre more broadly), and enhance your practical knowledge of writing short prose works that pack a punch.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.



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 :)”