Explore new writing ideas.

Good writing is like a complex woolly jumper. Solid ideas and excellent writing craft need to be knitted together. If an idea is strong, but the stitches are loose, then the whole thing will come unravelled.

Ideas can come from many places just as certain apricot mohair can inspire a beautiful winter cardigan, but writing craft can be unpicked and examined a stitch at a time.

This course aims to keep participants in a writing mode with practices and tools that they can take away and continue to use in future. The aim is to promote analytical skills towards all features of writing. Participants will begin by zeroing in on individual parts, such as sentence structure, and word choice and then build up over the course to features that encompass the entire text as well as finding ideas through exercises along the way.

Course outline

Topics covered include:

  • Sentences and Word Choice (and introduction)
  • Dialogue
  • Beginnings and Endings
  • Character
  • Plot and Structure
  • Events and Time (and wrap up)

To finish the class there will be an open forum for students to bring in work for class critique. Participants will be introduced to new directions and explorations in their work, both via exercises and the group discussion. They will find new pathways and discoveries in their own writing and the course will introduce them to new ideas and writing styles. This allows them to grow as authors.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • analyse and isolate features in their own writing
  • have a stronger understanding of what drives them to write.

By the end of the course participants should have several pieces close to completion. They will also gain knowledge on places where they can submit pieces for the purpose of publication.

Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone who wants to write and is looking explore new writing ideas.

What participants say

If you want a comprehensive introduction to creative writing, this is the workshop for you. It consists of equal parts instruction and discussion, followed by specific writing exercises which will help a writer hone their skills. Great place to meet other people with similar interests. Mary Bagby