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Free Writing for Beginners - Online

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): 23 April 2022
  • Duration: Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, one day
  • Study Mode(s): Distance learning
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This one-day online workshop held on Zoom will help develop your understanding of free writing, addressing its many benefits and assessing how it can be useful for one's well-being and creativity.

The day will also examine its usefulness in contributing to current creative projects and overcoming challenges.

The course is aimed at people who are interested in developing their writing skills, overcoming writers’ block and those who are wanting to use writing to help improve their overall wellbeing.

The course will feature both a theoretical understanding of what free writing is as well as provide a range of interactive and independent tasks, with support; the results of which may be useful for other projects and for building portfolios.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you will have a clear understanding of free writing and its benefits.

You might also have the start of a collection of work suitable for further development, and the knowledge of how to tailor free writing to suits your personal needs.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

"Thank you for a very enjoyable introduction to free writing. Well explained, good visuals and great venue." JS

"Very stimulating." CA

"Charlotte is a brilliant and inspirational tutor, it was wonderful gaining insight from a published author. The exercises were just the right length, well explained and debriefed afterwards. I achieved things I never thought possible, I feel it’s taking my writing to the next level.” CD

Tutor profile: Charlotte Baker is an author and an associate lecturer and PhD student at the University of Derby.

She has an interest in horror, identification, true crime and fandom.

Charlotte has over thirty fiction and non-fiction publications.

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you’ll study

On this course, you will:

  • complete short and longer tasks using prompts, picture and music
  • look at different methods of free writing
  • assess the benefits
  • explore journaling, and learn how it can be applied to mindfulness and reflection
  • build a dialogue around free writing.

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 £60

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £60.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply