Creative Writing for Beginners

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (evening)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 23 January 2019; 1 May 2019
  • Course duration: Wednesday evenings for ten weeks

The aim of the course is to enable both the beginner and the more experienced writer 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.

Throughout the course you will be offered advice and feedback on your work, to help your writing develop and progress in a supportive workshop environment.

Varied exercises and stimuli will be used to aid the creative process and exploration of your writing skills, offering new insights and inventive approaches for your individual projects.

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.

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 has had a number of plays performed in London, at venues including Tristan Bates, The Park Theatre, The Lost Theatre, Barons Court and Rich Mix, as well as at The Royal Exchange in Manchester.

Her most recent play HELD was performed in 2017 for a two week run at Tristan Bates Theatre in the West End, starring Jack Brett Anderson (Wolfblood, Don't Hang Up, King Edward II at Rose Theatre), Duran Fulton Brown (Jason Bourne, Jekyll & Hyde, The Accident at The Lyric) and Anthony Taylor (Romeo and Juliet at The National, Sweet Bird of Youth at The Old Vic, Kick Ass 2).

Tina was shortlisted last year for the BBC Writersroom 10, leading to her being selected for the Holby City Shadow Scheme.

She is currently working on two short films for production later this year, together with a number of new play projects and developing a TV series.

Tina previously ran her own Drama School for over ten years, and has taught creative writing in a variety of disciplines. She has an MA in TV Scriptwriting (with distinction).

She is very keen to help people develop their own individual distinctive voice, in their chosen written form and style.

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During this course you will:

  • learn how to get started and find inspiration
  • create a sense of place for your writing and your characters
  • develop the hook that will get readers to read on
  • understand the different working styles for different writing projects
  • use poetry as a way in to further creative writing
  • learn about the importance of a well-constructed synopsis
  • learn that the end is just the beginning, and how to redraft and refine your work.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £350.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £350.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418