Creative writing allows you to explore your relationship with words, express yourself in your own, unique way and put your writing out into the world for others to interact with. It is also huge fun!
Helen Stockton is a freelance writer, regular magazine columnist and feature writer, poet, and author of four books. She is also a qualified teacher, has worked in further education, and has many years’ experience of getting the best out of her writers.
This course is an introduction to the fundamental skills of creative writing and is aimed at those new and those with some knowledge who, nevertheless, would like to brush up on the basics. Each session will include some direct teaching, writing exercises for completion in class, sharing writing in a supportive and constructive environment and looking at the work of other writers for inspiration. There may also be some optional homework.
This is an indicative guide and may vary according to participants levels of knowledge and particular interests.
Week 1 – Getting to know each other and setting expectations for the course. We will consider where to find ideas for writing and how to translate ideas into a plot, together with some of the basic concepts such as narrative voice and tenses. We also look at the opening to writing and how to make them impactful.
Week 2 – We will visit the concept of genres and sub-genres, considering the intended audience and purpose of writing. We shall also identify what makes descriptions effective, incorporating some figurative uses of language such as similes and metaphors, learning how to balance ‘showing’ and ‘telling’ in writing.
Week 3 – This week will be all about peopling your writing with rounded and believable characters, both stereotypical and atypical. We will also learn how to write good dialogue.
Week 4 – We will consider pace and tension in writing, how this is created and how it can be varied. We will identify common blocks and barriers to writing and how to overcome them.
Week 5 – We will look at when and how to end writing, identifying some common types of ending. We will consider what proofreading and editing are and how to proofread and edit your own work.
Week 6 – We will identify different markets for writing and learn how to submit to at least one of those markets. We will consider how to build your writing CV and consider what your next steps as a writer may be. We will also reflect on your progress during the course.
Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.
6 weeks of instruction at 3 hours per week.
Coffee and cake.
3 hours (2:00pm to 5:00pm)
3 hours (2:00pm to 5:00pm)