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Creative Writing: Essential Skills for Beginners - Online

Creative Writing Online - Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 6 February 2021
  • Course duration: Saturdays 10 am - 11 am, four weeks


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On this 100% online course delivered via Zoom, you’ll develop the skills needed to effectively plan and write your own fiction.

It’s aimed at anyone interested in creative writing for fiction, whether you are a complete beginner, or if you are looking for a refresher.


There’ll be online lectures, group discussions and creative writing tasks, with feedback from both the tutor and your peers during the sessions.

It can be taken as a stand-alone course or it can be a great introduction if you’re thinking about taking more short courses in the future.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have built confidence in your writing skills and have some new ideas to pursue your writing 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.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • consider the shape of your story
  • look at the power of the sentence
  • practice writing more believable characters
  • consider what is an ending
  • take part in dynamic group discussions
  • complete writing tasks from prompts
  • gain feedback on your writing style.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £20.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £20.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418