It’s been a while since I did evening classes. The last course I attended was for learning Welsh; I was a tenacious attendee — those like me who didn’t fall by the wayside managed, over some two years, to get through three different tutors with very different teaching styles — but I can’t say I have any proficiency in the language. It’s a difficult tongue for English-speakers to become acclimatised to, very different from Italian, the language I also lasted two years with; English shares so much more in the way of word roots with Latin languages, and for me familiarity with French made things so much easier.
Before that I took a course in teaching English as a foreign language, and even got a qualification for it. Now can you see a pattern here? Language, language, language — it was surely time to do something different. And so it was that I found myself signing up for a creative writing course.
I can hear you groaning from here. Not another wouldbe writer! Aren’t there enough authors, good, bad and indifferent, to sink whole fleets let alone a battleship? Well maybe, and maybe not. I was actually more struck by the title of this particular module: Vive la Différence / Writing in Genre. (Look, four French words!) The course aims to provide an introduction to writing in various fictional genres, including horror, detective fiction, comedy, science fiction, fairy tale and romance. Yes, there are writing exercises, but I’m just as exercised by the promise of group discussions and workshops. Ten years in a remote old farmhouse has made me hungry for rather more mental stimulation now that I’ve relocated.
As a book review blogger this course then seems right up my street. I’m hoping you will stick with me as I blather on with my thoughts on each week’s topic. This week’s genre will be Horror. You have been warned.