Creative Writing - a Beginner's Guide ONLINE **Course Cancelled - Covid/Low numbers (UP12F06E)

Through the exploration of established writers, critical analysis and discussion you will develop the confidence to overcome the blank page and start writing creatively

When? Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm from 5th June 2020 until 24th July 2020 for 8 weeks.
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £98.00. The concessionary fee is £52.00. Please see our brochure or website for more information on the concessionary fee.

Please see additional cost information below
Course fees over £115 can be paid in one single payment at enrolment or in instalments by Standing Order. Please contact the office for details.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

Through the exploration of a wide range of established writers, critical analysis and discussion you will develop confidence to overcome the blank page and start writing creatively. This course will equip you with the tools to branch out into different genres of writing and discover your creative self.

During the course

This is an online course which will be taught in real time using a video platform (usually Google Meet), supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time. You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though not a prerequisite, we would advise that you create a separate email account for your online learning prior to the start of the course and let the ACRES' Office and your tutor know the address. This will be more secure and also allow you to share your email address with other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

Please note that this course has been converted from the previously advertised classroom based
course and whilst we will endeavour to deliver the subject as outlined in the Course Information Sheet content may need to be adapted or changed to ensure you receive the best possible learning experience. Your tutor will give you further details and information, including any resources or equipment you need, prior to the start of the course.

You will be sent more information about your course, including how to join your online sessions, in due course.

What you already need to know

You do not need previous knowledge just a keenness to tell a story and a passion for reading.

What you will learn

Exploring different sources of inspiration to get your ideas flowing - overcoming the blank page
Experiment with poetry, plays, prose, biography, memoir, an array of genres and non-fiction
Create interesting characters and compelling stories - character and plot arc
Create a sense of place and setting - it's all in the detail
Show and tell - what's the difference and how it can elevate your writing
Building believable dialogue
The importance of beginnings, middles and endings
Tips and hints from writers, how to receive feedback and where to go from here

How you will learn it

By practising the craft of writing in class and at home
Through participating in writing activities, discussions, sensory workshops and small group work that will encourage you to establish and develop the fundamental skills of creative writing.
By considering the work of established writers as inspiration for your own writing.
By sharing your work and discussing both your own and your fellow students' development

What do I need to bring to the first session?

One of your favourite books or a book by your favourite author
A notebook, pens and a passion for reading and writing.

How much extra study or practice is involved?

There will be opportunities for you to continue with your writing themes in your own time. You will find this supports your writing skills and develops your individual projects. You will also be encouraged to read widely, both fiction and non-fiction.

What do previous students say?

"Lisa has pushed me to explore genres I wouldn't normally try. She has really made me think."
"Loved every minute of this course."

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

Creative Writing courses will continue in September. Look out for the new ACRES brochure.

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

Please visit our website at, see our brochure, or alternatively contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.