The Writers' Company, Wivenhoe, Colchester, 

By writers, for writers

Creative Writing Courses

We understand that coming to a creative writing class for the first time can be a big deal. We know how difficult it can be to share your writing, even if you've been doing it for years. That's why we make sure our facilitators are not only trained teachers but writers too. And that's why all our classes are small with a maximum of twelve per class. So why not join our growing community of writers? We'd love to meet you and give you the skills and confidence to write your best possible work. 

Here's what to do next:

1) Choose a course that's right for you from the list below. If you are not sure, then we'd love to chat with you on the phone. Or ping over an email.
2) Pay your non-returnable deposit by clicking on the button next to the course you want to do. This will secure your place.
3) We will be in contact with you in the next few days welcoming you and giving you details of what to expect next.

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Have you always wanted to write but don't know where to start? Are you a secret writer and haven't dared show anyone your work? We can save you from the inner critic! This small, friendly class will give you the skills and confidence to tackle the blank page. We will be looking at techniques such as 'show not tell', plot, theme, dialogue, setting and character. You will be encouraged to share your work and will gain insights into what makes your writing unique and how to improve.

Below are the details:

Duration: 10 weeks
Time:       Fridays 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Dates:      From 27th September to 6th December 2019 (with a break for half term 1st November)
Venue:      The Nottage, Wivenhoe
Teacher:    Petra McQueen
Cost:        £200

To book, please click on the button. This includes a non-returnable deposit of £20. Once you have booked, we will be in contact with you. This will include how to pay your balance. For more queries about the booking process, please go to our FAQs page.


This workshop is only for students who have been with us for a long time, and who are self-motivated. You will set goals, work individually and in small groups, and have designated one-to-one time with the teacher. This class often works best if you are working on a longer piece. If you feel this describes you, please contact us or talk to your teacher.


This workshop takes place on Friday mornings at The Nottage, Wivenhoe each week (except school holidays).


Tuesday Tutorials

Sometimes you need a little one-to-one help - with a particular piece of writing, for instance, to rediscover your creativity, or keep you on track to achieve your writing goals. Our bespoke tutorials are held at The Red Lion on the first Tuesday of the month, and are hosted by prize-winning author and experienced Creative Writing MA lecturer Kate Worsley. If you wish, she can look at up to 3000 words of prose beforehand.


Sessions are one hour long and held from either 7 to 8 or 8 to 9


£50 per person* 


To book, please contact us and we will see if your preferred slot is available and give you details of how to pay. It is also possible to book a private lesson with either Kate or Petra at other times. Please contact us if this interests you. 

*Discounts may be possible if you wish to share your time with a friend. Contact us for more details. 

Spring Term

Times and dates for our Spring Term courses are coming soon. We will be offering a Novel Writing Course, Beginners Plus, and Life Writing.  Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom on the home page to be alerted when these dates are live. If you would like to chat about any of our courses or talk about what else we have to offer, please contact us.