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

with Elena Traina

19 OCTOBER – 7 DECEMBER 2021  LIVE STREAMING  WRITING

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.

LEARNING BY PRACTISE

Writing Metaphors and Introduction to the Course
Complimentary masterclass

INTRODUCTION

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

PART 1

  • 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)

PART 2

  • 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

THE TEACHER

ELENA TRAINA

She is a writer, literary translator and researcher in Creative Writing Studies.
She has lived in Norwich, UK, for six years, working for a local authority. She is writing extensively about her experience living and working in England at the height of Austerity: she’s one of the shortlisted scriptwriters for Premio Sonego with The Morning After, a short film about the 2016 Referendum; and she’s now working on her second novel, set in post-Brexit Great Yarmouth.
Her debut novel with music Amarantha is being released by Norwich-based publisher Kurumuru Books in autumn 2021.
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.

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PRICE

290 | euros

STUDENTS PER CLASS

15 | at most

DEADLINE

17 | October

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