New: Boost Your Creative Writing

Kick-start your writing project with this enjoyable two-day immersion course, ideal for students who
cant commit to a regular course or who want to inject some immediate impetus into their work. Over just two days it will give you all the encouragement, feedback and space you need to explore your creativity. It will show you quick ways to develop your writing skills and connect with potential audiences, through new or traditional publishing routes or with family and friends.

Who is this course for

Students should have a basic competence with written English. No formal qualifications or previous professional writing experience is needed. Students should be enthusiastic about creative writing and keen to explore new avenues for their work.

What does this course cover

Day 1 will cover the following topics; firing your imagination - where to find inspiration; connecting with your audience; can you make a living from writing?; write what you'll really enjoy
Day 2; feedback on your writing; avoiding the most common writing mistakes; how to succeed as a writer; your personal plan - where do I go from here?

During this two day intensive course students will be encouraged to explore different styles and forms of writing including fiction (long and short form), poetry, drama and creative factual writing.
By the end of the course students will be able to identify where their own strengths and interests lie, choosing from a wide range of subjects and styles, and drawing on this knowledge they should then be able to plan the best routes for further study or, potentially, for publishing their work.
They will be able to contrast good and bad writing, they will recognise the value of regular practise, and they should be able to apply this knowledge to their own work; this could enable them to find audiences/readerships and fulfil their personal writing ambitions.

What will it be like

Lessons will comprise a variety of enjoyable, varied and stimulating exercises including group discussions, short writing challenges, imaginative brainstorming and criticism of example texts. Students will get the opportunity to share their own written work and they will be encouraged to give and receive feedback in a constructive and supportive learning environment. There is an emphasis on valuing contributions from all students, whatever level they have already achieved in their creative writing. There will also be short lectures and Q&A sessions covering the session topics outlined above. Classroom notes will be supplied. Students will receive feedback from the tutor on their own writing and they will benefit from interaction with other students.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students will need a notebook and pen/pencil.
A short homework project will be set at the end of the first day, for review during the following session.

What this course could lead to

On completion of this course students will have a clearer idea of where their strengths and interests lie as writers. They will be able to compare some potential routes to publication and they will be encouraged to explore the wide range of options that are now available for writers wishing to connect with audiences. Students may also wish to enrol on an intermediate creative writing course.

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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Got a Question about this Course?

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’