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Creative Writing for Beginners (Saturdays)

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): 8 October 2022 / 21 January 2023; 22 April 2023
  • Duration: Saturdays 10 am - 12:30 pm, ten weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course is for anyone that wants to scratch their writing itch!

You’ll develop your writing skills in a variety of different areas, including poetry, short story writing, flash fiction, playwriting and novel writing.

By exploring your writing in different areas, you’ll discover inventive approaches to begin your own individual project.

This course is ideal for people who have not attended a creative writing course before, and are looking for a challenge.

You’ll write something new each week and receive guidance, advice and feedback from your peers and tutor in a supportive, seminar environment to help you develop and progress.

You’ll approach different literary examples each session to inspire you, and apply ideas from these to your own work.

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:

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll leave with a manuscript which might be the first draft of play or poetry collection, a short story or the start of something longer.

You’ll also have an understanding of how to progress your work further.

'I enjoyed everything! The topics were really interesting, moved at a good pace and really made me think. The exercised were fantastic and definitely got my writing. Thank you! LM

'The other students were great and Gareth created a safe environment to share our work. Loved it all, thank you, I wasn't ready for it to finish!’ AA

'The experience and knowledge on how to construct a novel was enjoyable. It was a pleasure to get to know Gareth and he was very generous in his help and thoughts.’

‘The course moved at a good pace and there was a good mixture between teaching and time to write' LD

'Thoroughly enjoyed it, I've been inspired! Enjoyed the shared writing activities and feedback from peers' JR

Tutor profile: Gareth Watts has written for radio, published poetry, written short stories and reviews for Fiction Uncovered.

He is a regular columnist for LeftLion and is co-host of the LeftLion Football Podcast.

Gareth has a PHD in English Literature and his first novel, Werner Krauss, was published in 2017.

He is currently Head of Creative Arts at Gateway College.

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you’ll study

During this course, you will:

  • learn key elements of writing including how to get started and where to find inspiration
  • explore your characters and how to flesh them out
  • use poetry to develop your other creative writing projects
  • complete writing workshops and exercises to develop your writing style
  • share your work with others and understand how to self-edit
  • understand the context of literary traditions and where your work sits in this framework.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £385.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £385.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply