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Creative Writing for Beginners (Evenings)

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 7 October 2020; 20 January 2021; 21 April 2021
  • Course duration: Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks


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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.

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

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.

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 £375.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £375.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418