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Level 2: Improvers Creative Writing

For those who have done at least one year of work in a writing group at Level 1 and who are working on their own projects. Looking for more direction and commitment in your writing? These courses address questions of self-discipline and risk-taking and are designed to develop and hone your skills.
  • Who is it for?

    This course is for students who have completed at least a year at Beginners level, and who are looking for more direction and commitment in their writing.
    The course runs in two six-week blocks each term. You'll learn a lot from one block, but you'll get most from signing up for both blocks each term.

    A strong desire to write is required, and the motivation to produce more complete pieces of work.

  • What does it cover?

    1. Gain an understanding of the qualities that make for good writing, and apply this to your own work.
    2. Build your skills in specific aspects of the writing craft.
    3. Give and receive constructive comment.
    4. Edit a piece of your own work.

    By the end of the course you should have made considerable progress in your chosen form. You will have gained confidence in your abilities as a writer and grown in your desire to go on with your writing.

  • What will it be like?

    Writing exercises will be set for stimuli and discussion in class and homework assignments will be available for those who want them.

    Students will be expected to be more self-determining and self-motivating and to be able to produce more sustained pieces. The range of material that students bring to classes includes fiction, short stories, memoir and poetry - and even novels in progress.
    Work is read out to the class. There is very good group support, with constructive and helpful feedback and an atmosphere of creativity and trust in the writing process. In each session Roger provides printed handouts and information sheets and extracts from the work of established writers. He will also provide homework exercises to help you to develop your writing. Students also regularly assess their own learning and progress throughout the term.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    Pen and paper. Regular writing time.

  • What could it lead to?

    Students can go onto specialist writing courses, such as Write Here! Write Now! See the prospectus for more details.

Available Courses

Level 2: Improvers Creative Writing

For those who have done at least one year of work in a writing group at Level 1 and who are working on their own projects. Looking for more direction and commitment in your writing? These courses address questions of self-discipline and risk-taking and are designed to develop and hone your skills.

25 September 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 18:00 to 20:15
Course Code:710
£202 / £71
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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25 September 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 14:00 to 16:15
Course Code:707
£193 / £68
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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15 January 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 18:00 to 20:15
Course Code:711
£202 / £71
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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15 January 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 14:00 to 16:15
Course Code:708
£193 / £68
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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30 April 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 18:00 to 20:15
Course Code:712
£202 / £71
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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30 April 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 14:00 to 16:15
Course Code:709
£193 / £68
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Write Here! Write Now!

Whether writing from life or imagination, a first timer or an old hand, carve yourself a couple of hours’ writing time each week - no homework, no assignments, just supportive workshops which are designed to crack open the brand new writing in you.

30 September 2024 – 02 December 2024
Monday, 14:00 to 16:30
Course Code:725
£179 / £63
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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13 January 2025 – 17 March 2025
Monday, 14:00 to 16:30
Course Code:726
£179 / £63
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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28 April 2025 – 30 June 2025
Monday, 14:00 to 16:30
Course Code:727
£144 / £50
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Life Writing

Tap into your memories, discover and value your true voice. Each class will inspire you with writing exercises, strategies, tips and motivation to help you in your writing life.

30 September 2024 – 02 December 2024
Monday, 18:15 to 20:30
Course Code:720
£169 / £59
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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13 January 2025 – 17 March 2025
Monday, 18:15 to 20:30
Course Code:721
£169 / £59
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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28 April 2025 – 30 June 2025
Monday, 18:15 to 20:30
Course Code:722
£136 / £48
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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L1 BEGINNERS CREATIVE WRITING

Practical sessions with an emphasis on building skills, sharing work in a supportive environment.

24 September 2024 – 10 December 2024
Tuesday, 12:30 to 14:45
Course Code:701
£193 / £68
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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24 September 2024 – 10 December 2024
Tuesday, 18:00 to 20:15
Course Code:704
£202 / £71
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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14 January 2025 – 01 April 2025
Tuesday, 12:30 to 14:45
Course Code:702
£193 / £68
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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14 January 2025 – 01 April 2025
Tuesday, 18:00 to 20:15
Course Code:705
£202 / £71
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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29 April 2025 – 15 July 2025
Tuesday, 12:30 to 14:45
Course Code:703
£193 / £68
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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29 April 2025 – 15 July 2025
Tuesday, 18:00 to 20:15
Course Code:706
£202 / £71
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Meet The Tutor

Course Detail

Roger Mills is an experienced tutor, working with beginner and improver creative writers. He is a published author of fiction and oral history, mainly connected with East London where he lives. His classes are informal in their approach, encouraging students to share their writing and discuss each other's work in a supportive, constructive, and confidential manner. Students' work effectively becomes the course resource material, all of us evaluating what works and what can be improved under the guidance of the tutor.

 

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