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

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Pen and paper

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

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'll 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

6th August 2018 – 10th August 2018

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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

"This week has been so valuable and enjoyable." Jennifer

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

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

"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

Tutor Profile: Sean Elliott-Maher has professional experience writing and editing in many forms, although he primarily writes literary fiction and graphic novels.

His non-ghost written work includes a range of print and online media for the BBC and also in industry.

Sean has a broad literary reference base with specific expertise in the life and work of D. H. Lawrence. He's lectured to a range of audiences on a variety of literary matters, participated in readings and spoken word events, and been an after dinner speaker.

Sean's literary and writing teaching accompanies his writing coaching, which has helped many ambitious writers improve the effectiveness of their work.

His next novel will be published in the autumn of 2018.

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

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? This course can count as your DofE gold award residential.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813