Creative Writing

Start date(s):
30 Jan 2018
8 weeks
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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Join this fun and friendly informal session to develop your creative writing skills. You will receive advice on journal keeping, play with rhymes, and build poems. Find the sparks to light up your stories, and have your point of view appreciated by others in the group.


The course provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of creative writing. It is ideal for newcomers as well as those who have lost their way and require motivational guidance.


  • Course Intro /Icebreaker/ Warm-up games and exercises. Overcome inner critic to produce first drafts. Produce fiction ideas and practise precise word selection.
  • Gain awareness of benefits of journaling, focus on personal status, use word bank generators and descriptive listing templates.
  • Produce collaborative mini-fictions. Characterisation.
  • What is a poem? Comedy letters and monologues. Generating plot ideas.
  • Fiction Focus: settings, functions of Dialogue, developing storylines.
  • Recap and development of work produced so far. Further exploration of poetic form. Access metaphor and symbolism using automatic writing.
  • Interpreting Imagery from Paintings. Develop observational skills, experiment with Point of View in poetry and prose.
  • Taking Risks in Memoir. Emotional honesty – personal perception and literal truth, dilation of moments in time.
  • Creating Conflict and Building Narrative Structure in Short Fiction. Consider archetypal story templates for modern fiction. Gain an appreciation of slice of life vignettes.
  • Small Press and DIY Publishing, Poetry Templates, What next? Gain awareness of names in contemporary poetry and short fiction. Understand small press submissions process, make a mini-booklet and gain insights into self-publishing.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Your tutor will set exercises each week, with optional read backs and the opportunity to submit work for written feedback via email. You will do text analysis with question and answers throughout course.

Other websites:

Tutor will recommend appropriate and useful websites for further studies.


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Interview Instructions

You are not required to have an interview to gain access to this course.

Entry Criteria

There are no entry requirments for this course, however, it may not be suitable for advanced writers.