Creative Writing Courses

Below is a list of our creative writing courses starting in September 2020. If you are looking for kickstarters, one-to-one lessons, or mentoring, please go to our one-to-one page.

Weekly Courses

On Tuesdays...

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: TUESDAYS 6pm - 7.30pm

 

DURATION: Six weeks

DATES: 15 September to 20 October 2020


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 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!

DATES: starting Wednesday 9th September


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

MICRO-FICTION FOR BEGINNERS: COFFEE BREAK SESSIONS

This introductory four-week bite-sized course aims to teach the basic skills in constructing a tiny story - a whole world in 100 words or fewer! Learn how to make every single word work hard to earn its place in your pieces. Learn how to edit, streamline and improve your ideas and receive expert feedback and build community, skills and confidence by sharing your work with your peers. After four weeks you’ll have a neat selection of ‘little’ stories with big impact, which you can develop further.

 

TIME: Wednesdays 11-11.30 am

 

DURATION: Four weeks, half-hour sessions

 

DATES: 30th September, 7th October, 14th October, 21st October

 

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 £40 or £12 per session

 

TUTOR: Helen Chambers

 

HOW TO BOOK: for more details and to sign up, please contact Helen directly 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 6pm - 8pm

 

DURATION: Six weeks

DATES: 
16th September to 21st October

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. Keyworker 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...

MYTH AND CREATIVE WRITING

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

This course, inspired by Adrian May's book 'Myth and Creative Writing: The Self-Renewing Song', takes the student on a mythic journey of self-discovery to make their 'writing deeper, more connected to the human condition and connected to the past, present and future of all writing'. We will be looking at traditional narratives, the role of the hero and their shadow and exploring what is is to create one's own myth. 

TIME: Thursdays 2pm - 4pm (includes break for writing)

 

DURATION: Seven weeks

DATES: 10th September to 22nd October


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 £175 or pay per each session you attend £30. These prices include, when appropriate, 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 Friday...

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


DATES: From 25th September

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

Beginners

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

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?

Petra 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.

TIME: Fridays 1pm - 3pm

 

DURATION: Ten weeks


DATES: From 25th September - 4th December (with half-term break 30th November).

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 £250 or pay per each session you attend £30.

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

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

On Saturday...

SATURDAY DAY WORKSHOP:

Research and Write Fiction 

This hands-on, exhilarating one-day workshop will give you a solid grounding in how to turn your research into compelling fiction and avoid the dreaded ‘infodump’. You will explore research approaches, world building, character, dialogue and letting go. Complete practical exercises, discuss and share your work with peers, and build community, skills and confidence.

TIME: Saturday 10am - 4pm

DURATION: One-day workshops

DATES: Choose either 19th September or 21st November.

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

COSTS: £99 (Keyworkers 10% discount. One discounted place for a disadvantaged writer. 10% of any profit to be split between Carers UK and Refuge).

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.

Future Courses

We can offer Writing for Health and Well-being; Novel Writing; Short Stories; Poetry; Oulipo, Surrealism, and Nature Writing (to name 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!

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