2021 Creative Writing Courses

Kwame Nkrumah Creative Writing Workshop Courses

KNCWW 342: Writing in a pandemic world: how to conduct creative research as a creative writer

Instructor: Dr Raghunath Anna Kadakane

Delivery Method: Online

Date: October 28, 2021

Time: 9:30 am (WAT)

Course Description: This multi-genre course will focus on research methods used by creative writers. Participants are expected to read the creative work of some published poets and writers that has resulted from such research. The class will also take advantage of local and international research resources, in order to give students the opportunity to practice these research skills in their own creative work. It is expected that class discussions will focus on research methods, writing craft, student work, and touch on topics such as docu-poetics, creative thinking and diary keeping. How much is enough information? Is there anything as too much information? And how does the culture, history and landscape of this imagined world affect the lives of the protagonists/antagonists in our works? This workshop will be helpful for participants who are interested in science fiction and/or fantasy literature. By the end of the workshop, each student will have completed a portfolio of creative work engaged with research.

KNCWW 201: Intermediate Fiction Writing; Flowing with the water

Instructor: Stevie Nii Adu-Mensah

Delivery Method: Online

Date: October 29, 2021

Time: 9:30 am (WAT)

Course Description: This course will focus on the craft of fiction writing and the components, elements, process, and persistence required for drafting, revising and editing a successful short story. We will read the opening pages of selected best novels and explore how the authors parse out the information, and how that information propels the narrative forward. Also, as writers it is sometimes important to break the rules, but before you do that you need first need to know what those rules are. But what happens when we do break the rules? What makes rule-breaking fiction successful? The class is expected to read, discuss, and respond to a variety of published stories and craft-based essays, but the primary emphasis throughout the workshop will be to analyse and discuss works produced by participants. You will be expected to complete one substantial work of fiction in the end in addition to workshop responses and exercises. Participants will be responsible for carefully reading the work of their peers and responding both in classroom discussion (workshop) and with typed comments.