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Find Your Voice 2 (10 credit points)

Course Times & Enrolment

Wednesdays from 16th January 2019 (Code CW017-219) Wednesdays from
16th January 2019 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
G38 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Raymond Ross MA DipEd PhD
This course is now closed for enrolments
Fridays from 18th January 2019 (Code CW017-220) Fridays from
18th January 2019 2:10pm - 4:00pm • (10 classes)
G38 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Raymond Ross MA DipEd PhD
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

Continuation of course 1 but new students very welcome. Bring a sense of humour, self-discipline and a desire to write. From ‘hands on’ stimulating and interactive experiences to all forms of creative writing, the creative process is yours!

Please note - this is a credit course and has an integrated digital component.  All students enrolled on credit courses are required to matriculate through the university student system EUCLID. If you do not do so you will not be able to access information provided by your tutor nor will you be able to submit work for assessment. Please read our Studying for Credit Guide, Rules and Regulations for more information.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prior knowledge required. However, those students who attended course one will be able to build on their experience.

Content of Course

Week 1

Introductory exercises in rioting against anti-creative police; and prompts for writing for Week 2

Weeks 2 – 10

Guided discussion of students’ work presented each week. Bring two printed copies. The aim is to share at least one piece from each student per week.

Focus on further development of narrative and poetic voice and technique; on how to structure stories and/or poems. We look at how dramatic technique can inform and develop both prose and poetry. We develop work in imagery, simile, metaphor and symbol and play with different poetic forms.

We extend our work in dramatic conflict and resolution, character and plot development; and explore approaches to writing longer stories (or novella) and/or formal poetic structures or poem sequences as the students’ own interests dictate.

Prompts are always open-ended to allow students to develop their own interests or creative endeavours.

Guidance on publication and performance.

Teaching method(s)

Interactive classwork/tutorial discussion between tutor and class; individuals within the class; tutor and student.

Reading and peer criticism will play its part as well as group work.

Learning outcomes

It is intended that by the end of the course students will have achieved a better understanding of their own abilities and why they wish to write, as well as what.
Hopefully, some will go on to publish.


Core Readings

There are many ‘guides’ and ‘handbooks’ to creative writing which you may choose to read from. In general, you should read widely, as you wish, in different genres (novels, stories, scripts and modern/contemporary poetry). You are encouraged to register with the University Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Edinburgh Central Library and the Scottish Poetry Library; and to make use of information and advice on book publishing, literary magazines etc. to be found through the Writers and Artists Yearbook and the Scottish Book Trust.

Reading writers’ autobiographies is particularly recommended. Among such, we could include:

Bennett, A., 1997. Writing Home. London: Faber & Faber.
Dylan, B., 2004. Chronicles. London: Simon & Schuster.
MacDiarmid, H., 1972. Lucky Poet. London: Jonathan Cape.
Neruda, P., 2004. Memoirs. London: Souvenir Press.
Miller,A., 1999. Timebends. London: Methuen Publishing.
Milosz, C., 1992. Native Realm. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Muir, E., 2008. An Autobiography. Edinburgh: Canongate Classics.

Web Sources

Class Handouts

Handouts and reading recommendations. Exercises and themes (sometimes seasonal) will be open-ended and/or cross genre as far as possible.


10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.

Studying for Credit

If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.