Creative Writing Courses

Below is a list of our creative writing courses. If you are looking for kickstarters, one-to-one lessons, or mentoring, please go to our one-to-one page.

On Mondays...

I WANT TO WRITE, BUT...

You know you want to write, but…

What will it take to get you started, and to keep going? This inspirational six-week course enables you to feel the fear and do it anyway, wherever you get stuck, on the blank page or 10,000 words in. You will be encouraged to share your work and experiences, develop your skills and confidence and build a writing practice and community that enable you to continue your work independently.

TIME: MONDAY 11am - 12.30pm

 

DURATION: Six weeks

DATES: 4 January to 8 February 2021


LOCATION: Online via ZOOM (no need to download software, but you will need a computer with a camera and mic built in or attached.)

COSTS: Pay in full £104 or pay per each session you attend £19. Keyworker 10% discount.

One discounted place per course for disadvantaged writers.


TUTOR: Kate Worsley (Find out more about Kate here).
 

HOW TO BOOK: for more details and to sign up, please contact Kate directly on kworsley@pobox.com.

On Tuesdays...

WRITING THROUGH THE DARKNESS

Wondering how to get through this, our first Covid winter? Write with us in the warming glow of the Zoom screen (!). We provide a reading to inspire you, a prompt to direct you, or you can share your own writing goal. Then we will write together, with some social time at the end to debrief, and, if we wish, share our work. Suitable for writers at all levels.

 

We offer two sessions a week, to suit all schedules. To see Saturday's dates, please keep scrolling to 'Saturday'. (Saturday is now fully booked - to go on the waiting list please contact Kate.)

TIME: TUESDAYS 6pm - 7.30pm (or Saturdays 11am - 12.30pm)


DURATION: Seven weeks

DATES: 3 November to 15 December 2020 (for Saturday dates please scroll down to 'Saturday').

LOCATION: Online via ZOOM (no need to download software, but you will need a computer with a camera and mic built in or attached).

COSTS: DROP IN: £11 when you pay per session you attend (session payments cannot be carried over) or COMMIT: Sign up for all 7 or 14 sessions (these can be either Tuesdays or Saturdays or a mixture of both, as long as you specify which dates you want when you sign up) and you access a further discount on the full fee:

One session a week £69

or Two sessions a week £144 

(All existing writers can also buy discounted gift sessions for friends and family at the same rate.)
One free place per course for disadvantaged writers.

TUTOR: Kate Worsley (Find out more about Kate here).
 
HOW TO BOOK: for more details and to sign up, please contact Kate directly on kworsley@pobox.com.

On Wednesdays...

WEEKLY WEDNESDAY WRITERS' RETREAT

Do you feel as though you can never justify spending your time on writing? Does it get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list? Or are you the reigning monarch of procrastination? This retreat will give you the motivation and mental space to write all day without interruption. Starting at nine each Wednesday morning, we will set goals for the day, check in on each other at lunch, and reconvene at five to discuss our progress. 

TIME: WEDNESDAYS 9am - 5.15pm

 

DURATION: Recurring every Wednesday. Come to one or come to all, it's up to you!

LOCATION: Online via ZOOM (no need to download software, but you will need a computer with a camera and mic built in or attached).

COSTS: 
Pay per session £20. Paid in advance on a session-by-session basis.

TUTOR: Petra McQueen (Find out more about Petra here).

 

HOW TO BOOK: Contact Petra via contact@thewriterscompany.co.uk

COFFEE BREAK MICROFICTION

This course is now fully booked. Please contact Helen to go on the waiting list. Helen is also offering a one hour taster session... scroll down to Saturday for information. 

Do you fancy writing the shortest of short fiction? Do you want to improve clarity and brevity in your writing? This four-week intensive course, in a very small and supportive group, will help you hone your writing, engage your wordplay skills and encourage you to take creative risks - and give you a range of started pieces to take away and continue. Ideal for confident writers who wish to improve their technique.

TIME: WEDNESDAYS 11-11.30am

DURATION: Four weeks

 

DATES: 11th, 18th, 25th November and 4th December

 

LOCATION: online via Zoom

 

Costs: £40 in full or £12 per session (individual sessions must be pre-booked)

TUTOR: Helen Chambers (you can find out more about Helen here)

HOW TO BOOK: contact Helen on helenwriting@btinternet.com

STARTING OUT IN FICTION

This introductory six-week course aims to get you started as a writer whatever your experience. Learn how to read and think and work like a writer; and identify and understand the basic techniques and elements of good writing. Receive expert feedback on your writing and build community, skills and confidence by sharing your work with your peers. By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of new short pieces for you to develop further.

TIME: WEDNESDAYS 6 pm - 8 pm

 

DURATION: Six weeks

DATES: 6th January
 to 10th February 2021

LOCATION: Online via ZOOM (no need to download software, but you will need a computer with a camera and mic built in or attached).

COSTS: Pay in full £134 or pay per each session you attend £24. Key-worker 10% discount. One discounted place for a disadvantaged writer.

 

PLUS opt in at any point for written feedback (approx.150-200 words) on your response to a task (up to 700 words) for an additional £15.

 

TUTOR: Kate Worsley (Find out more about Kate here).
 

HOW TO BOOK: for more details and to sign up, please contact Kate directly on kworsley@pobox.com.

On Thursdays...

Watch this space...

On Fridays...

Advanced Writers Workshop

NB. This course is now fully booked. Please contact Petra to join a waiting list.

This workshop is only for students who have attended at least two of The Writers' Company's courses and are able to be self-motivated. Ideally students should have a project they are working on, whether that be a novel, anthology, chapbook or play etc. 

 

Students send up to 2,000 words to be read and critiqued by Petra and the other members of the class before the lesson. The workshop consists of a group discussing your work and includes positive feedback, suggestions for the future, and goal setting by the class for each member. The aim is to motivate and inspire you to do your best possible work. Current members of this group include prize winners and those with a publishing deal. 

TIME: Fridays 10 am - 12 am

 

DURATION: Recurring throughout the year

LOCATION: Online via ZOOM (no need to download software, but you will need a computer with a camera and mic built in or attached.)

COSTS: 
Pay in full in blocks of ten £250 or pay per each session you attend £30. These prices include written feedback on work.

TUTOR: Petra McQueen (find out more about Petra here).
 

HOW TO BOOK: please contact Petra on contact@thewriterscompany.co.uk

On Saturday...

MICRO-FICTION TASTER

Fancy dipping your toe into the brevity and precision which is micro-fiction? This introductory session looks at: what is micro-fiction, how it works, and how it can help improve your writing? There will be suggestions for further reading, some exercises to get you started, and follow-up feedback to help you improve. Ideal for both beginner writers and more experienced writers who have previously only written long-form. Places VERY limited.

 

TIME: Saturday 10am - 11am.

 

DURATION: One hour, one-off

 

DATE: Saturday 5th December 2020

 

LOCATION: online via Zoom

 

COST: £15

 

TUTOR: Helen Chambers

 

HOW TO BOOK: for more details and to sign up, please contact Helen directly on helenwriting@btinternet.com

WRITING THROUGH THE DARKNESS

This course is now fully booked. To go on the waiting list please contact Kate.

SATURDAYS 11am -12.30pm

 

DURATION: Seven weeks

DATES: 3 November to 12 December 2020

For more details about this course, please scroll up to 'Tuesday'. Thank you.

Future Courses

We can offer Life Writing; Writing for Health and Well-being; Novel Writing; Historical Fiction; Short Stories; Poetry; Oulipo, Surrealism, and Nature Writing (to name but a few). Don't be afraid to ask for a course which suits you. To sign up to our newsletter, please leave your email below. Thank you!

The Writers' Company, Wivenhoe, Colchester, 

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