Finding Your Other Voice
Writing Creatively in English as a Second Language

with Elena Traina


In this course, writers will reflect on the process and the challenges of writing creatively in English as a second language. They will have the opportunity to produce brand new work while engaging in a process of discovery of one’s own voice by reading and with guided practice and prompts. Writers may choose to work on writing short stories and/or creative non-fiction, or to embark on a more significant body of work (novella, novel, memoir, etc.).

This course will feature some theoretical elements of stylistics, complemented by the reading of classic and contemporary fiction. In each class, we will read and discuss each participant’s writing projects and writers are invited to help each other overcome any challenges. The course will also have a very practical focus on the “And Then What?” stages of writing, i.e. self-editing and options in publishing and/or academic research in the English-language literary scene.

Here you can find a complimentary masterclass, with an introduction to the course and a specific part about writing metaphors.

All classes are held online and writers will be asked to submit their work in advance using the cloud platform Classi-fy, which will also host recordings of all lessons, handouts and all required and suggested reading.


Writing Metaphors and Introduction to the Course
Complimentary masterclass


  • What does it mean to write creatively in English as a second language
  • Introduction to stylistics


  • Metaphors as literary devices and as cognitive resources: how we express reality through metaphors and how these differ from one language to another
  • Conventional, structural and orientational metaphors and cultural coherence. Creating new meaning vs aesthetic purposes of metaphors
  • Writing prompt 1: (metaphoraging)


  • Writers on writing, i.e., metaphors for the creative process
  • The “scene of writing” vs craft-oriented and inspiration-driven metaphors for writing: writing is cooking, writing is hunting/fishing, writing is gardening and writing is mining
  • Feminist theories on metaphors for writing.
  • Writing prompt 2: (metaphors of one’s own creative process)
  • Course presentation: syllabus, structure, objectives, vision

Lesson 1
Style 1

  • Writing in English as a second language
  • Linguistic and stylistic challenges
  • Accuracy
  • Introduction to stylistics: foregrounding

Lesson 2

Voice 1

  • Training the eye vs training the ear
  • Narrators and characters
  • Point of view
  • Active/passive voice
  • Modality

Lesson 3

Style 2

  • Literary devices
  • Imaginative writing
  • Ambiguity
  • Pastiche and the anxiety of influence

Lesson 4

Voice 2

  • Breaking down Dialogues
  • Speech and thought presentation
  • Formality, tension, beats

Lesson 5
Style 3

  • Landscape and language
  • Foreignization and localization
  • Striving for authenticity
  • Schema theory
  • Text-World theory

Lesson 6

Voice 3

  • Stepping back, fine-tuning, self-editing
  • Sophistication and defamiliarization

Lesson 7

Revision 1

  • Grammar and punctuation

Next Steps 1

  • Workshops and options for publication

Lesson 8

Revision 2

  • Following editorial guidelines

Next Steps 2

  • Options for publication and research



She is a writer, tutor and researcher in Creative Writing Studies.
In 2021, she won a Special Recognition for her first script for a short film The Morning After at the Venice Film Festival, and published her debut novel Amarantha with Kurumuru Books. She has recently qualified in Teaching Creative Writing at Escuela de Escritores (in collaboration with the University of Alcalá de Henares) and she is now working towards a PhD in Creative Writing Studies at the University of Falmouth.
As a researcher, she is interested in writing creatively in English as a second language, and in conventional and unconventional approaches to teaching Creative Writing in non-anglophone institutions.


To mark in agenda

Lessons will be from 7 pm to 9 pm (UTC+1), in these days:


What do you need to know?


290 | euros


15 | at most


Any doubts?

contact us