CREATIVE WRITING COURSES IN FARNHAM, SURREY.
You can read a review of my one day workshops here
(Gift vouchers are available for all my workshops. I also run personalised workshops for groups of five or more, and offer one-to-one tuition at £40ph)
UPCOMING DATES 2018:
Sat May 26th: Writing for Radio
Sat June 2nd: Inspiration from Myth and Legend
Saturday June 23rd: Rewriting the Self
Saturday July 21st: Short Story Masterclass
(one place left)
Saturday August 4th: Banish the Blank Page
Saturday October 13th: Banish the Blank Page
Saturday November 10th: Rewriting the Self
Saturday November 24th: Inspiration from Myth and Legend
To book or for more information, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you enjoy discussing fiction as much as writing it, come along to the book club at the Bel and the Dragon pub in Churt. We meet every six weeks for delicious food, a glass of wine and some bookish talk. I lead the discussion, so we actually focus on the book, rather than schools, house prices and the Farrow and Ball paint pallet! You just need to reserve your place with the Bel and the Dragon Pub.
Next date Tuesday, October 16th, 7.30pm. Details here
Day and Weekly Writing Courses
I'm an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester, I run workshops at sixth form colleges and summer camps, and I taught for many years at Surrey Adult Learning. I have written novels, plays, poetry and both commercial and literary fiction. My creative writing classes in Farnham and Churt are open to everyone. Through a series of writing exercises we explore all aspects of creative writing including plot, form, setting, characterisation, voice, viewpoint, dialogue, genre etc.
The courses are suitable for all abilities, whether you're a total beginner or a more experienced writer. In a friendly, comfortable environment you can share your work (if you wish to) and receive and offer constructive feedback. I offer advice on getting published and encourage you to submit to competitions, magazines and anthologies.
Ten Week Courses Tuesdays and Thursdays
(I'm afraid next term's courses are now all fully booked, but I will soon be taking bookings for the term starting January 2019 )
Tuesday morning 10 - 12 @ Farnham Pottery
Thursday morning 10 -12 @ Lingwood, Churt
Thursday afternoon 2 - 4 @ Lingwood, Churt
Thurs evening 7 - 9 @ Lingwood, Churt
Price: £110 for ten weeks
(The Churt courses are at my home.Maximum 11 students only, and include tea, coffee and biscuits)
One Day Workshops
10am - 3pm
£60 including tea, coffee, biscuits and home-cooked two course lunch
(max 9 students)
Venue: Lingwood, Thursley Rd, Churt
These workshops offer the perfect opportunity to devote an entire day to your writing. There will be tutor-led exercises, group discussion and individual feedback. This is a friendly, inclusive learning environment suitable for writers of all ages and abilities:
SHORT STORY MASTERCLASS
You’ll have the opportunity to spend the day experimenting with the short story form. We’ll be looking at what makes a story come to life, how to create structure and narrative tension, and the art of developing complex characters in this compressed form.
RE-WRITING THE SELF
Have you ever considered writing a blog or a memoir? Or perhaps you’d simply like to pull on some of your personal experiences and turn them into fiction. In this one day course we’ll be experimenting with using real life events and personal history as inspiration for writing. You’ll learn how to collate, edit and transform your memories into engaging prose.
INSPIRATION FROM MYTH AND LEGEND
This is a day of inspiration and subversion. Think of Angela Carter’s dark gothic stories, Carol Ann Duffy’s 'World’s Wife' poems, and the numerous re-workings of biblical tales, from writers as diverse as Shakespeare and Jeffrey Archer!. We’ll be looking at myths, legends and folk tales and learning how to rework and subvert them into edgy, contemporary stories with modern settings.This is an ideal opportunity to experiment with some 'speculative' fiction
BANISHING THE BLANK PAGE
A day to stimulate creativity. Suitable for novelists, short story writers and total beginners. If you've lost the muse, or don't know where to start, this is for you. We'll be doing exercises that inspire you, and cover key aspects of fiction, including plot, characterisation and voice.
WRITING FOR RADIO
What type of fiction and drama works for radio? What style of short stories? How do you structure a radio play? We'll examine key elements of radio drama including plot, character and genre, and will review the market and explore the opportunities available.