Creative Writing for Beginners (Evenings)
- Level(s) of Study: Short course
- Start Date(s): 5 October 2022 / 18 January 2023
- Duration: Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks
- Study Mode(s): Short course
- Campus: City Campus
The aim of the course is to enable the beginner to work on developing their writing skills in a variety of different areas, including poetry, short story writing, flash fiction, playwriting and writing a full-length novel.
It’s for people who have not attended a creative writing course before and are looking for a challenge.
On this course, you will be offered advice and feedback in a supportive, seminar environment to help your writing develop and progress.
Classroom discussions and critiques will be combined with a variety of practical homework exercises.
These will be the stimuli to aid the creative process and exploration of your writing skills, offering new insights and inventive approaches to your individual projects.
The course will cover these key themes:
- getting started – finding the inspiration to write
- playing with ideas and searching for the original
- creating characters who breathe
- the importance of the first page
- short story writing
- flash fiction and the mini saga
- working with lines (poetry and prose)
- synopsis for full-length novels
- plays for the modern-day stage
- writing for TV
- the art of redrafting – the end is just the beginning!
Secure your place with a deposit
If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.
The balance is due one month before the course starts.
Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.
Email us to find out how: email@example.com
What will you gain?
By the end of the course, you will have a variety of writing projects in development, and a network of fellow writers and potential collaborators with whom you can progress your work further.
"Working with Tina was amazing, getting insight and feedback from a professional writer has helped me develop and refine my style and skills. I have started on my novel and entered both a short story and play writing competition! Without Tina I would not have had the confidence to do any of this. A truly wonderful ten-week course. Fantastic value too.” CD
"Tina was a great tutor. Never thought I would begin to write a play!" LF
"Very engaging and inspiring." KS
Tutor profile: Tina Jay is an award winning playwright, having won both the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing for her play ‘Walking’ and the International Student Playscript Competition (judged by Sir Ayckbourn) for ‘Rotten Apples’.
She's had a number of plays performed in London, at venues including Tristan Bates, The Park Theatre, The Lost Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Barons Court and Rich Mix, as well as at The Royal Exchange in Manchester.
Tina's play HELD was performed in 2017 for a two week run at Tristan Bates Theatre in London's West End.
Her play SYNDROME completed a two-week run at Tristan Bates Theatre in February 2020, with the production having been described as a ‘Masterpiece’ and ‘Pitch Perfect’, receiving 5 star reviews and 2 Offie Nominations.
Tina previously ran her own Drama School for over ten years, and has taught creative writing in a variety of disciplines.
Indicative maximum class size: 15
Contact the short course team:
Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813
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How to apply
You can book your place via the NTU online store: