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Creative Writing: Writing for Non Fiction

Memoir, life-writing, true-life experiences, personal and dramatic stories from history – do you have a concept for a great book that draws on non-fiction elements and facts? This course will help you to find the story within the reality, to pinpoint the narrative elements, and develop your ideas for a readership. It might be something from your own life or family history. There might be a series of events in history or close to you that have inspired you.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

How to form the non-fiction narrative: working through your evidence, research, and information to build an engaging structure.
Find the story within the facts: bring together the timelines and arc and construct a coherent narrative.
Turning inspiration and evidence into a dramatic and riveting manuscript for publication.

Who is the course aimed at?

Do you have a story that you are yearning to tell? You might be convinced of its value and feel that it is going to be a success with readers. Your passions, enthusiasms, and inspirations can transfer to a narrative that others will want to read. You might have already published or pitched and would like to develop your skills further.

Who will be my tutor?

Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm is an experienced author and editor. She is published in her own right and has worked as an editor and writer for others. Her freelance work and commissions include non-fiction works on Jane Austen and Shakespeare, and scripts for children’s theatre and animation. Widely acknowledged in her field, she brings together critical and cultural insight with experience of the commercial publishing world to help you achieve your goals.

How will I learn?

There will be structured sessions and step-by-step guidance to cover the material. The tutor will provide examples and instruction, some of which will be tailored to suit individual students’ specific requirements. Skills covered will include:
• Library and archive research methods
• Collation of materials
• Identifying reliable online research sources

Are there any additional costs?

Your tutuor will advise on recommended texts, subscriptions for writing journals and magazines which you may wish to purchase.`

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Your own resources (digital or paper) for taking notes. The course aims to be as paperless as possible, with supplementary materials and information sent electronically.

What else do I need to know?

This is a short course with a specific goal to help students achieve certain skills in a specific form of writing. Other Writing courses are on offer so do make enquiries of staff to see what’s right for you.
When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.


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