Writing Literary Fiction with Tessa Hadley
Critically acclaimed author Tessa Hadley on how to sharpen your sentences and scenes, raise your writing game and master your craft.
When you read a novel or story, it feels so easy – so natural and inevitable. But a great deal of labour has gone into creating that serene surface. Across five weeks, Tessa Hadley opens up her unique experience and process – from how to use ‘the dreamy space’ to the importance of experimentation and the need to envisage every scene from all angles and keep working it through to get the best out it.
Whether you’re writing a novel or shorter fiction, this course will show you how to establish your contract with the reader, write sentences that are strong and original, and imagine your way into your true writing self.
The course changed my whole perspective... It was a revelation to me.
Quote taken from W&A blog piece
Tessa Hadley has published eight novels – including The Past, Late in the Day, and Free Love – and four collections of short stories – including Bad Dreams and After the Funeral. She publishes short stories regularly in the New Yorker, and reviews for the Guardian and the London Review of Books; she was awarded a Windham Campbell prize for Fiction and the Hawthornden Prize in 2016, and the Edge Hill Prize in 2018. She lives in Cardiff. Photo by Sophie Davidson.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE GIVE YOU?
- Video modules: Work through five modules of exclusive teaching videos from Tessa Hadley on topics including how to discover your natural writing territory, working with time and timelines and Tessa’s unusual take on narrative perspective.
- Writing tasks: Weekly writing tasks will help you experiment with the ideas discussed by Tessa and see how they relate to your own work.
- Resources & notes: You’ll get comprehensive teaching notes to accompany the videos, plus additional resources that include extracts from Tessa’s work with explanations of her process – and scans of pages from her original notebooks.
- Professional feedback: An expert CBC editor will give brief written feedback to each student on one writing task during the course, with several students receiving feedback in each week. Students are also given the option to purchase additional end-of-course feedback from our expert editors.
- Student forum: Find your writing community in our private student forum. Upload your completed writing tasks, give and receive peer-to-peer feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your group (maximum of 30 students) and the CBC team.
COURSE SCHEDULE & DELIVERY
Follow the course at your own pace. Our online courses are designed for flexible study – you can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are. To get the best out of it, we recommend spending four-six hours a week on the coursework, and to be progressing your own novel or story throughout the five weeks.
Week 1Discovering your writing self
Week 2Imagining your story: Planning & writing
Week 3The voice & voices of your story
Week 4Who, where & when
Week 5Endings & editing
All students will be given the option to purchase feedback on their final task from a CBC editor.
- CBC report: For an additional fee of £145, you can obtain a detailed 500-word report on your work (of up to 3,000 words) from one of our CBC editors.
- CBC report + tutorial: For an additional fee of £240, you can obtain a 500-word report from one of our CBC editors and have a 30-minute video or telephone tutorial with them to discuss your work.
GIFT THIS COURSE
Encourage your friend or loved one to get creative! We have £185 digital gift vouchers available, enabling you to buy any five-week online course as a present.
Embark on a journey into the heart of fiction-writing and discover an entirely fresh way of thinking about your craft – with advice from the much-admired literary author.