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.
No classes on a Monday at present but watch this space! If you only have Mondays free, head over to our one-to-one page to see about individual support.
THE PLOT THICKENS
Do you have a great idea for a book but don't know where to start? Have you written a first draft but hate it? Maybe you floundered and abandoned your story? Wherever you are in the process of writing your book, this course will help.
In The Plot Thickens we explore what your book is really about; how to structure it; crystalise your unique authentic voice; and strengthen your characters.
To make this the best experience possible for our students, we are limiting the class to six. This will be an intense experience, similar to doing an MA module, and takes place once a fortnight.
DAYS AND TIME: Tuesdays 2 pm - 4 pm
DATES: FORTNIGHTLY May 11th & 25th; June 8th & 22nd; July 6th & 20th
LOCATION: Online (Zoom)
COSTS: £150 (can be paid in installments)
TUTOR: Petra McQueen
HOW TO BOOK: Contact Petra here.
'What an excellent and engaging teacher. We looked at many aspects of novel writing, from penning the first paragraph, to a detailed look at plot, character and theme, to considerations of how to get published. I had only got as far as Chapter 6 of my novel when I started the course, but now feel much more confident to finish the work and produce something respectable.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"Petra guides us in the right direction and lets us find our own flow."
This course is now full. To express an interest in further flash fiction courses, please contact Helen.
For students who have completed at least one microfiction course, the natural progression is to work on flash fiction (pieces up to 1000 words). This is another intensive course taught in four 30-minute sessions, with detailed feedback provided on one piece per week. Develop your writing and self-editing skills reading and writing these 'compressed' stories. Limited number of places.
TIME: WEDNESDAY 11.30-12
DURATION: Four weeks beginning 2nd June 2021
LOCATION: online via ZOOM etc
TUTOR: Helen Chambers. Find out more about Helen here.
HOW TO BOOK: Contact Helen via email@example.com
"Helen's responses were considerate, thoughtful and instructive."
We are no longer taking bookings for this course. To express an interest in further 'Exploring Fiction' courses, please contact Kate.
These workshop-format sessions aim to deepen your understanding of how fiction works through the traditional method of close reading– a.k.a. learning from the best.
They also provide regular feedback on your own work, as well as the encouragement, support and stimulation of a varied group of writers from around the world. You are encouraged to share your work, its influences, and aims, develop your skills and confidence and push your writing to its limits.
EXPLORING FICTION is suitable for anyone who is already motivated to write, but keen to stretch their writing muscles. The close-reading element will be accessible to writers at all levels of ability as well as those with English as a second language.
Numbers are capped at ten, to ensure all writers’ work receives regular attention. Every other week, you submit 700-1,000 words over the weekend before a session. Kate and the non-submitting writers then give their feedback on your work in the first part of the session.
The second part focuses on an aspect of writing technique such as point of view, voice, character etc. Kate guides you in the analysis of a relevant text which will be provided in advance. You are encouraged to explore this in your own work, whether or not you are submitting it to the group (although you can opt to receive written feedback from Kate). The aim is to show you what is possible, and to motivate and inspire you to do your best work.
These workshops will run in an initial sequence of six, with the option to continue after Easter.
TIME: Wednesdays, 6pm – 8pm
DURATION: Six weeks
DATES: 21st April to 26th May 2021
LOCATION: Online (Zoom)
COST: £150 discounted rate if full course fee paid in advance, or £30 per session.
PLUS opt in at any point for written feedback from Kate (approx.150-200 words) on your response to a task (up to 700 words) for an additional £15.
Keyworker 10% discount. One discounted place for disadvantaged writers. 10% of any profit to be split between Carers UK and Refuge.
HOW TO BOOK: Contact Kate on firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Just want to say a big thank you for the excellent writing sessions. Today was a definite breakthrough for me and it wouldn’t have been possible without your support and encouragement, both through this course and the previous one.’
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 an agent.
responses were considerate, thoughtful and instructive.
TIME: Fridays 10 am - 12 am
DURATION: Recurring throughout the year
LOCATION: Online via ZOOM
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 email@example.com
Petra's courses have taught me many techniques of writing, encouraged me to practice different styles and genres, enabled me to read my work critically, and crucially to feel that writing is an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile enterprise.
COFFEE BREAK MICROFICTION
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: FRIDAYS 4-4.30 pm
DURATION: Four weeks
DATES: from 7th May
LOCATION: online via Zoom
TUTOR: Helen Chambers (you can find out more about Helen here)
HOW TO BOOK: contact Helen here.
"the comments that came back from Helen were invaluable."
WRITING OUT INTO THE OPEN
For many of us, our writing has been a source of solace, joy, and community during this year of lockdowns. But for those who would like to keep writing even as the world opens up again, it’s likely to prove harder to find protected time, discipline and support.
Together we at The Writers Company wrote our way through our first Covid winter and spring. It has been a great success, sparking new relationships, new work, and new ways of looking at the world.
Now you can join us again as we write our way all the way through to the summer solstice with WRITING OUT INTO THE OPEN. 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.
This course is suitable for anyone looking for regular, dedicated, quality, no-pressure time to write with optional prompts. For writers at all levels, from all backgrounds, anywhere in the world.
TIME: Saturdays 11am - 12.30pm.
DURATION: Ten weeks
DATES: Saturdays 11am-12.30pm 17th April to 19th June 2021
LOCATION: Online via ZOOM
COSTS: DROP IN: £15 when you pay per session you attend (session payments cannot be carried over) or
COMMIT: Sign up for all 10 sessions and you access a further discount on the full fee: £120
One free place per course for disadvantaged writers, please email
Kate if this might be you.
TUTOR: Kate Worsley (Find out more about Kate here).
HOW TO BOOK: for more details and to sign up, please contact Kate
directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Kate is an excellent teacher and has facilitated some fascinating discussions. She is clearly very knowledgeable but also allows the students to discuss their own understanding, interpretations and opinions. This has made for some really enjoyable classes.’
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