For those who love to write and those who’ve always wanted to try, this 5-week course is the ideal place to get writing. We will be diving into a variety of creative writing forms—short stories, poetry, novels, memoirs, etc.—discovering what makes each of them work. We’ll also explore the writing tools and techniques you can use to make your ideas come to life.
Each class will be an engaging combination of discussion, instruction, writing activities, feedback and time to do what you love—write! This course is suitable for novice scribblers, seasoned wordsmiths, and everyone in-between.
You may wish to bring a laptop to produce writing in class.
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COURSE TUTOR: Louise Dobson
DURATION: 5 weeks
Spring: 15 January – 12 February 2020
WHERE: Brighton Junction
COURSE FEE: £62.50 Full Fee / £37.50 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning
Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.
Please note that concessions cannot be booked online.
This course aims to:
Teach you how to write creatively with confidence.
Who this course is for?
This course is for anyone interested in making their creative writing more satisfying to write and more engaging to read. Whether you are a seasoned wordsmith or a novice scribbler, you will find inspiration and practical guidance you can begin using from session 1. This course is also the ideal place to practice your new skills on an existing project, and a supportive place to try out something completely new–like that short story you have been meaning to write.
What will I be able to do by the end of this course?
- Develop techniques specific to creative writing
- Effectively use elements such as characterization, setting, and structure
- Understand what makes writing engaging
- Develop your own voice and writing style
- Use your life experience and observations to enhance your writing
- Understand key elements of poetry, short stories, and long-form fiction
What materials will I need for the course?
A laptop or a notebook to write in class.
Roughly how much will they cost?
Bring your own laptop or borrow one from the centre – you will need to bring a USB pen drive to store your work.
How will I know I am making progress?
- You will receive regular informal feedback from your tutor
- Through group discussion and workshopping
- You will feel more confident and satisfied with your writing
- Through one-on-one conferences with your tutor
Is there any extra study outside the class?
You will be invited to complete short writing tasks in-between classes to help you practice the skills you have learned during the workshop. You may also be asked to read a short piece of published writing to prepare for the next meeting. These activities are optional but will help you get the most out of the course.
Who is the course tutor?
Louise Dobson is a certified English Teacher with 7 years of full-time teaching experience. She holds an MA in Education, and an MSc in Journalism.
Louise has a passion for building writing communities where participants enjoy the support of a group and the expertise and experience of a professional tutor. Her friendly, approachable manner, and infectious love of writing ensure her classes are stimulating, constructive and enjoyable for all.
As a freelance journalist Louise has been published in major newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post, and has been a frequent contributor to Psychology Today. Most recently, she has established the Brighton Writing Project which promotes social and creative growth through writing together.
Comments from previous learners:
“Very clear instruction. Great feedback, always insightful and diplomatic. Very friendly atmosphere” Liam S.
“I have learned a huge amount” Jayne C.
“Louise was good at creating a positive learning environment and encouraging people to contribute” Kate W.
Further writing courses at Friends Centre
Wednesday 15 January 2020 - Wednesday 12 February 2020
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Full price: £62.50
Concession rate (if available): £37.50
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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