Prague, Czech Republic

Creative Storytelling and Creative Writing

when 26 July 2021 - 6 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 800

Whether your dream is to write a bestselling novel, design an award-winning advertisement, create inspiring content for your presentation or to simply capture stories from your own life, this course will help you adopt a variety of creative writing methods and narrative styles. Not only will you learn how to write, but also how to think outside the box and develop your imagination.

Course leader

Dr. Zuzi Leskova has been teaching various communication courses at the City University of Seattle in Prague since 2015. Here, she mainly focuses on developing students' potential to think, write and communicate creatively and effectively.

Target group

Young professionals and university students with an intermediary level of English

Course aim

Acquired skills:
-Mastering the art of storytelling (“Show Don’t Tell” techniques)
-Thinking imaginatively, creatively with an “outside the box” attitude
-Writing for the audience with an ability to make them see your point of view
-Selling your idea, concept or product through a variety of narrative tools and methods (presentation, advertisement, blog, CV, essay, public speech)
-Enhancing your English vocabulary, composition and writing style

“Tell me a story!” Something we all have heard or said so many times. As children, it is through stories we begin to learn how the world works – and that is why we are all so strongly attracted to them. Stories can invite us into an unthinkable reality, they help us learn from the past or even see the future, they offer archetypes of good and evil and can very well play with our imagination as well as logic. A good story can sell everything – not only does this apply to books and movies, but also to everything we do in our professional and personal life. We need a story to design a strong presentation, create an effective post for social media, manage an interview, deliver a business pitch or write an academic essay. While this course focuses on the importance of a story, we will mainly pay attention to the writer (his/her imagination, vocabulary, narrative styles, critical thinking, experience, dreams and memories) – YOU.

Day 1 Tell me a story about you (students will receive some homework before the class starts)
Day 2 The importance of a story (historical consequences and their current influence)
Day 3 The development of a story (main structure, set-up, characters, plot)
Day 4 Why every story needs some drama (conflicts, problems, arguments and their solutions)
Day 5 Creative writing techniques (metaphor, hyperbole, oxymoron, plot twist, fiction versus nonfiction writing methods)
Day 6 Who, Why, Where and When (why you need more than a “what” in your story)
Day 7 Applying storytelling to academic essays (argumentative, factual, narrative essays)
Day 8 Applying storytelling to business presentations
Day 9 Applying storytelling to online advertisements, social media and blog articles
Day 10 Presentation and discussion about your coursework (share a portfolio of your creative writing pieces with the class)

Credits info

5 EC
You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university.

Fee info

EUR 800: Course fee includes the application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2021, there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

In addition, we have adopted a COVID-19 Cancellation fee - in case the course will be cancelled without an online alternative or the Summer school program will not be happening/possible due to the lasting Coronavirus restrictions in your country or in the Czech Republic, we will be refunding all course fee back so the cancellation fee is 0EUR.
EUR 182: Accommodation fee for a 13-night stay at Botic Student House starts at 14 EUR/night.

Everyday afternoon or evening activities organized - sports, weekend trips, city tours, sightseeings, parties etc.

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