This course has concessions available

Level 1: Beginners Creative Writing – Online

Practical sessions with an emphasis on building skills, sharing work in a supportive environment.
Each term is difference, and it is advisable to do Part 1 before part 2.

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Who is this course for

A workshop with an emphasis on building skills, sharing work and supporting other students.

This course is perfect for those who have always wanted to develop their creative writing, but for one reason or another have never got around to it.

It is suitable for anyone with a desire to write and who would like to make progress in a specific direction, whether that is in short stories or a more sustained piece of prose.
Students should have fluency in written English.
The course is suitable for beginners or those with a little experience.

What does this course cover

Students will be introduced to various aspects of the craft.
1) Develop skills in creating character. 2) Develop skills in creating structure. 3) Improve ability to transform life into fiction. 4) Improve ability to receive and deliver supportive feedback.
Students are encouraged to develop confidence in their writing abilities, to find their own 'voice'. The atmosphere will be supportive and encouraging, with helpful feedback from the tutor and the group.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

The course runs in two six-week blocks each term. You'll learn a lot from one block, but it's recommended to attend both if you can.
Writing exercises will be set for stimuli, and discussion in class. Homework assignments will be provided, but students are free to choose their own writing path. There will be plenty of opportunity for sharing work.
Work is read out in class and there is an emphasis on developing skills in constructive, helpful and supportive feedback. Students also regularly assess their own learning and progress throughout the term.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

Pen and paper.
Students are expected to find time each week for writing. For those want it, specific homework will be set.

What this course could lead to

Any other writing course that requires some experience such as the Improvers level in Creative Writing at Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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.’