Creative Writing

Start date(s):
19 Sep 2017
10 weeks
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
Currently unavailable


Fun, friendly and informal sessions for anyone who ever wanted to write creatively but didn’t know where to start. Get advice on journal keeping, play with rhymes and build poems with people who appreciate your point of view – or simply find the sparks to light up your life stories. Come and try these two-hour sessions hosted by poet and diarist Steve Urwin, a versatile published performer who is passionate about wordplay as a tool.


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.


  • Week 1 – Course Intro /Biog Icebreaker/ Warm-up games and exercises. Overcome inner critic to produce first drafts. Produce fiction ideas and practise precise word selection.
  • Week 2 – Gain awareness of benefits of journaling, focus on personal status, use word bank generators and descriptive listing templates.
  • Week 3 – Produce collaborative mini-fictions. Characterisation.
  • Week 4 – What is a poem? Comedy letters and monologues. Generating plot ideas.
  • Week 5 – Fiction Focus: settings, functions of Dialogue, developing storylines.
  • Week 6 - Recap and development of work produced so far. Further exploration of poetic form. Access metaphor and symbolism using automatic writing.
  • Week 7 - Interpreting Imagery from Paintings. Develop observational skills, experiment with Point of View in poetry and prose.
  • Week 8 – Taking Risks in Memoir. Emotional honesty – personal perception and literal truth, dilation of moments in time.
  • Week 9 – Creating Conflict and Building Narrative Structure in Short Fiction. Consider archetypal story templates for modern fiction. Gain an appreciation of slice of life vignettes.
  • Week 10 – 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.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Independent Learning


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

Exercises will be set by tutor each week with optional read backs and opportunity to submit work for written feedback via email. Some text analysis with question and and answers throughout course.

What else?

There will be opportunities to engage with the north east spoken word and poetry scene, plus signposting to organisations related to themes and activities covered.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

No funding is available as this is a Full Cost Course.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs, but students may wish to attend literary events suggested by tutor.

Entry Criteria

No previous experience necessary. May not be suitable for advanced writers, but many of the techniques used can be applied to works of longer fiction