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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

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Approaching Nature Poetry (Summer School)

Thursday 10 am - 4 pm, one day

Indicative maximum class size: 15

How do you write about nature in poetry? This course explores how a range of contemporary poets approach this subject in their writing, and provides an opportunity for you to develop new work of your own.

StartEndCourse Fee 
03/08/201703/08/2017£80.00[Read More]
Nottingham Playhouse

Creative Writing for Beginners

Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 8:30, ten weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 14

“I write because I have secrets no-one else knows.” Tony Jordan

The aim of the course is to enable both the beginner and the more experienced writer to work on developing their writing skills in a variety of different areas, including poetry, short story writing, flash fiction, playwriting and writing a full-length novel.

StartEndCourse Fee 
04/10/201706/12/2017£335.00[Read More]
24/01/201828/03/2018£335.00[Read More]
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Finding Your Voice, Using Your Voice (Summer School)

Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one day

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Would you like to share your writing with an audience, but don’t know where to start? This course gives you the chance to find and use your voice, taking the first step from being a private to public writer.

StartEndCourse Fee 
11/08/201711/08/2017£80.00[Read More]

Introduction to Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm, two weekends

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Courses that explore creative forms of non-fiction are few and far between.

However, it’s one of the most up-and-coming forms of writing in contemporary literature and some of the most talked-about books from the last few years have been works of creative non-fiction: The Outrun, The Lonely City, The Last Act of Love, So Sad Today, The Argonauts, White Girls, Between The World And Me, Men Explain Things To Me and more.

This course will act as an introduction, focussing on the different forms of non-fiction, such as life writing, place writing, memoir, personal essays, lyric essays, travel writing and literary journalism.

StartEndCourse Fee 
17/02/201825/02/2018£275.00[Read More]
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No Guts, No Glory: Horror Writing for Beginners

Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, two weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Horror is a growing genre, with new books and films being released on a weekly basis. Whilst this may safeguard horror writing’s longevity, it does mean there’s increasing competition between writers.

This course will help you develop a successful writing habit and reduce and overcome writers’ block. It’ll familiarise you with the current horror market, help you refine your own writing skills and ensure you avoid all the amateur mistakes often made by new authors.


StartEndCourse Fee 
28/10/201704/11/2017£175.00[Read More]
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Original Song Writing

Monday evenings 6:00 - 8:30, ten weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 10

This course is ideal if you’re a musician of any level who wishes to develop competent song writing skills. Rather than following rules and rigid formulas, the emphasis is placed on concepts and individuality, making song writing a truly creative learning process.

StartEndCourse Fee 
02/10/201704/12/2017£310.00[Read More]

Poetic Animals (Summer School)

Monday 10 am - 4 pm, one day

Indicative maximum class size: 15

This course explores the work of contemporary poets who write about animals and the notion of the human animal, and will support you in developing your own poetry in this field.

StartEndCourse Fee 
07/08/201707/08/2017£80.00[Read More]
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Poetry and the Uncanny (Summer School)

Tuesday 10 am - 4 pm, one day

Indicative maximum class size: 15

What do we mean when we say that something is uncanny? We might have a feeling of déjà vu and call it uncanny, or we might encounter our doppelgänger and call it uncanny. But the uncanny is not just about what’s creepy or weird, it’s to do with a sense of recognition.

This course considers the concept of the uncanny as the experience of familiarity and strangeness at the same time, and uses it as a springboard for writing original, and perhaps surprising, poetry.

StartEndCourse Fee 
08/08/201708/08/2017£80.00[Read More]
Newstead Abbey

Poetry, History and the Tales of Newstead Abbey (Summer School)

Thursday and Friday 10 am - 4 pm, two days

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Join us for a writing tour of Newstead Abbey, the jewel in the crown of Nottinghamshire, and former home of the internationally renowned poet George Gordon, Lord Byron.

Guided by Newstead’s second Poet-in-Residence, Becky Cullen, you’ll have the unique opportunity to use the history, house and grounds of the Abbey as inspiration for your writing. 

StartEndCourse Fee 
03/08/201704/08/2017£160.00[Read More]

Short Story Success (Summer School)

Monday and Tuesday 10 am - 4 pm, two days

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Do you have an idea for a short story but don’t know how to begin? Or maybe you’ve an idea for a novel but writing a shorter version will help you get started?

On this course you’ll be guided through the process of writing your first piece, and introduced to ways in which writers get their work seen in this competitive arena.

StartEndCourse Fee 
07/08/201708/08/2017£160.00[Read More]

Start Writing Your Novel (Summer School)

Monday to Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm, three days

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Have you always wanted to write a novel?

Whether you’ve got a great idea but aren’t sure how to begin or have an unfinished manuscript gathering dust under your bed, this practical and playful course will offer exercises and advice to get your novel underway.

StartEndCourse Fee 
31/07/201702/08/2017£240.00[Read More]
MC Cappo

The Emcee: Lyricism, hip hop and the art of rap

Mondays 6 – 8:30 pm, eight weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 14

This course is for writers and performers. It takes a subjective look at the development of hip hop and rap as an artistic expression, and the hybrid manipulation of language that rap artists use in their work.

StartEndCourse Fee 
02/10/201720/11/2017£270.00[Read More]
Nottingham Contemporary gallery

Writing from Art: Ekphrasis (Summer School)

Wednesday and Thursday 10 am - 4 pm, two days

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Learn how to ‘paint with words’ on this course for writers of both prose and poetry.


StartEndCourse Fee 
09/08/201710/08/2017£160.00[Read More]
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Writing Poetry from the Archives (Summer School)

Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one day

Indicative maximum class size: 15

This course introduces you to the ways in which your local archives can be used in creating new poetry and developing your writing technique.

StartEndCourse Fee 
04/08/201704/08/2017£80.00[Read More]