Creative Writing for Beginners

I’ve been fine-tuning this course for the past two years at evening classes at Kingston University. It’s stimulating, fun and very popular (see testimonials). Students often carry straight on to Creative Writing for Improvers – surely a good sign! It’s perfect for complete beginners as well as those who have been writing fiction for a while but haven’t taken a course or shown their work to anyone yet.

I welcome adults of all ages and backgrounds. In the past, the age range in class has spanned from 20 to 70. Written and spoken proficiency in English is a requisite though English need not be your mother tongue.


About the Course

The aim of Creative Writing for Beginners is to generate ideas and get you writing! We’ll focus on a different aspect of the creative writing process every week, such as character, plot, place, point of view and style, and you’ll do writing exercises in class and at home. There’s plenty of opportunity for pair work and group discussion. By the end of the ten-week course, you’ll have produced a short story or section from a novel, which you’ll receive feedback on.

At the start of the course, you’ll be given a dossier of short stories, writing exercises and useful handouts. The first half of the course explores different ways of generating ideas while focusing on the two essential elements of fiction: character and plot. There will be writing exercises in class and short stories to read at home. You’ll start to develop one of your ideas into a story.

The second half of the course continues to examine a further aspect of the craft each week and introduces the process of ‘workshopping’, where writers read and give constructive feedback on each other’s writing. This encourages you to view your own work as a reader rather than as a writer and helps enormously with the editing and redrafting stages. By the end of the course, you’ll have received written and oral feedback on your story from Priscilla and the other members of the class


Example Course Outline: Creative Writing for Beginners

Week 1    Generating Ideas: Automatic Writing – Developing a Writing Routine                   

Week 2    Generating Ideas:  Using the Senses – Showing and Telling – Journals

Week 3    Character: Creating Characters from Questionnaires – Introducing a Character

Week 4    Character: Developing Characters and Situations from Real Life

Week 5    Plot and Structure: Writing from Experience – The Iceberg Principle

Week 6    Plot and Structure:  The Five Stages of Narrative Arc – Group Writing

Week 7    Point of View – Workshops

Week 8   Place – Workshops

Week 9    Language and Style – Workshops

Week 10   Style, Revising and Editing – Carrying on and Getting Published – Workshops


Upcoming Courses


Creative Writing, Spring 2018 (Beginners Plus)

Lauderdale House, Highgate, London

Thursday afternoons, 3.00 – 5.00pm

18 January 2018 to  29 Mar 2018 (with a half-term break on 22 Feb)

Fees and Booking


Creative Writing for Beginners, Spring 2018

Kingston University, Surrey

Tuesday afternoons, 3.30-5.30 pm

23 January 2018 to 3 April 2018 (with a half-term break on 27 Feb)

Fees and Booking


Or perhaps you’d be more interested in Creative Writing for Improvers

For some useful reading to get you started, have a look here.

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