Creative Writing for Beginners (Saturdays) - Nottingham Trent University



This course is for anyone that wants to scratch their writing itch! You’ll develop your writing skills in a variety of different areas, including poetry, short story writing, flash fiction, playwriting and novel writing. By exploring your writing in different areas, you’ll discover inventive approaches to begin your own individual project. This course is ideal for people who have not attended a creative writing course before, and are looking for a challenge. You’ll write something new each week and receive guidance, advice and feedback from your peers and tutor in a supportive, seminar environment to help you develop and progress. You’ll approach different literary examples each session to inspire you, and apply ideas from these to your own work. During this course, you will: - learn key elements of writing including how to get started and where to find inspiration - explore your characters and how to flesh them out - use poetry to develop your other creative writing projects - complete writing workshops and exercises to develop your writing style - share your work with others and understand how to self-edit - understand the context of literary traditions and where your work sits in this framework. What will you gain? By the end of the course, you’ll leave with a manuscript which might be the first draft of play or poetry collection, a short story or the start of something longer. You’ll also have an understanding of how to progress your work further. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No experience is required. Where you'll learn: You will be studying creative writing in a UNESCO City of Literature, and be based in the School of Arts and Humanities on the City Campus. You will find modern teaching spaces and quiet study environments to develop your ideas and writing. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Here's what our previous attendees said: 'I have loved doing this course, Gareth was a great tutor! Everything was brilliant and I now have the skills and confidence to be a good writer' WT 'This course has given me a deep understanding of the process and construction of writing. The tutor was great and there was a good balance of topics' CH ‘I’ve been trying for years to structure a story and yet within a 5 minute exercise on Saturday I managed to crack it!’ 'I enjoyed everything! The topics were really interesting, moved at a good pace and really made me think. The exercised were fantastic and definitely got my writing. Thank you! LM 'The other students were great and Gareth created a safe environment to share our work. Loved it all, thank you, I wasn't ready for it to finish!’ AA 'The experience and knowledge on how to construct a novel was enjoyable. It was a pleasure to get to know Gareth and he was very generous in his help and thoughts.’ ‘The course moved at a good pace and there was a good mixture between teaching and time to write' LD 'Thoroughly enjoyed it, I've been inspired! Enjoyed the shared writing activities and feedback from peers' JR Tutor profile: Gareth Watts has written for radio, published poetry, written short stories and reviews for Fiction Uncovered. He is a regular columnist for LeftLion and is co-host of the LeftLion Football Podcast. Gareth has a PHD in English Literature and his first novel, Werner Krauss, was published in 2017. He is currently Head of Creative Arts at Gateway College. Click through above to book your place online. If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

What's included in the price?

Ten weeks of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 15


10 weeks

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Weekends
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