Creative writing masterclasses

The Master of Creative Writing masterclasses are led by tutors James George, Mike Johnson, Siobhan Harvey and Bianca Zander. The masterclasses are part seminar, part workshop and are a crucial experiential part of the programme.

These classes have been carefully designed to work in concert, and each tutor teaches blocks of classes in both semesters, so that there is a developmental follow through for creative writing candidates.

Semester 1 - Part 1

Week
Masterclass Convener
Seminar/ workshop
Additional sessions
1
Mike Johnson

The fact of writing craft. Mimesis & Diegesis.

Meet and greet with all MCW students
2
Siobhan Harvey
Voice. Place, space, using the landscape.

3
Bianca Zander
What is story?
Workshop: Introduction to the exegesis
4
James George
Point of view. First and second person. Unreliable narrators.

5
Bianca Zander
Structuring by plot.
Workshop: Thesis, exegesis and examination.

 Semester 1 - Part 2

Week
Masterclass Convener
Seminar/ workshop
Additional sessions
6
James George
Point of view. Third person, omniscient.

7
Siobhan Harvey
Structuring by character.

8
Bianca Zander
Building and developing characters.

9
Mike Johnson
Conflict, moral complexity.
Special seminar - TBC
10
Mike Johnson
How sentences and paragraphs behave.

11
Siobhan Harvey
Subtext, imagery. The secondary story.

12
Mike Johnson
Mythological structures.
Special seminar - TBC
13

Group meetings. Peer review

14

Group meetings. Peer review
15

Group meetings. Peer review
 

Semester 2 - Part 1 

Week
Masterclass Convener
Seminar/ workshop
Additional sessions
1
Mike Johnson
Language, music and text.

2
James George
Scene structure.

3
Mike Johnson
Dialogue.

4
James George
Narrative design.Balancing narrative elements.

5
Siobhan Harvey
Endings.

6
James George
Meta structure. The 3 act structure in novels.

7
Siobhan Harvey
Transitions between characters, points of view and time frames.

Special seminar - TBC

 

Semester 2 - Part 2

Week
Masterclass Convener
Seminar/ workshop
Additional sessions
8
Mike Johnson
Proportion and sophistication.

9
James George
The exegesis as a CW work.
Special seminar - TBC
10
Bianca Zander
Re-imagining and revising.

11
Siobhan Harvey
Editing and polishing.

12
Mike, Bianca, Siobhan, James
Q&A session. Where to go from here.

13

Work to completion date.

14

Work to completion date.
15

Work to completion date.


Submission: Late November (General stream)

Last updated: 25-Nov-2015 1.13pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.