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Creative Writing for 15 - 17 Year Olds (Summer School)

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Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 16

On this course you will learn how to turn ideas into creative, original writing. Whether you're interested in fiction or want to write blogs, it will help you to create impact with the right choice of words and provides a structured approach to establishing a life in writing.

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Course Dates

7th August 2017 – 11th August 2017

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Course Description

During this course you will:

  • learn how to find inspiration
  • focus on how to turn ideas into writing
  • find the right ingredients for your chosen discipline, including how to develop a character and how to write in a more journalistic style
  • learn that the first draft is never the last
  • take part in writing workshops where you will share and discuss work and give and receive constructive feedback.

You are invited to bring along any examples of writing that you admire such as a favourite book, poem, article or song lyrics.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you will be confident in your writing abilities and understand the step-by-step process of how to create impact.

“This was 10/10. An amazing course.” David, Summer 2014

"This week has been so valuable and enjoyable" – Jennifer, Summer 2015

“I definitely feel like my writing has improved, as well as my confidence” Georgina, Summer 2015

“Really happy to have done the course and it certainly has persuaded me to do creative writing at uni” Thomas,  Summer 2015

"It was very enjoyable, and helped me to understand how to plan a novel and improve my writing by thinking about demographics and themes." Kat, Summer 2016

Tutor Profile: Sean Elliott-Maher wanted to be a highwayman but due to a lack of demand for anti-heroes on horseback he spends most of his time writing. He has travelled far and wide, but has always agreed with Dorothy that there is no place like home. For that reason, unless otherwise stated, everything Sean writes has been harvested from his time in his hometown.

Sean has written in a creative capacity in many forms and for a number of publications and formats. Creative non-fiction, critical writing, reviews and writing for corporate clients have resulted in him getting to grips with a range of writing. His non-ghost written work includes articles for a range of print and online media including the BBC, numerous fiction pieces, an independently produced documentary and he has a novel pending publication.

Sean possesses a broad literary reference base with specific expertise and interest in local writers such as D. H. Lawrence, subjects on which he has lectured to a range of audiences. The literary teaching accompanies his writing coaching, which has helped many ambitious writers improve the effectiveness of their work.

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about accommodation on our campus for 16 and 17 year olds.

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? Accommodation (which includes evening activities) can be booked so the course can count as your DofE gold award residential.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813