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Creative Writing - Part-time

Creative Writing Comp

Course outline

Whether you are just starting out or are already a keen writer, this informative, part-time course will help you to 'find your own voice' and develop your inspirations towards publication requirements. 

Each week you will focus on a different aspect, from getting started on short stories - to novels, poetry, writing for children and young adults, TV, film, radio and stage - through to perfecting work for publishing.  

Through a series of writing exercises, lectures and workshops, you will learn how to create appropriate materials for publishing.

So, if you enjoy writing creatively but need some guidance, you will find this course provides motivation and positive feedback in a friendly atmosphere, with experienced staff to help you reach your full potential.

Week 1: Getting Started. Looking at what Creative Writing is and why we want to write.
Even if you haven’t written since school or feel ready to finish that novel you started way-back, you will enjoy being with like-minded people and sharing ideas in a workshop session where you encourage each other with positive feedback.

Week 2: Generating ideas.
Have fun with a variety of props like random objects, pictures, set titles and random words to trigger ideas and surprise yourself with skills you never knew you had!

Week 3: Writing for newspapers/magazines. 
Exploring ‘in-house’ journalistic styles/short story workshop. For those interested in journalism, we will be looking at styles of language used in different newspapers and we’ll explore what magazines look for in a good short story.

Week 4: Writing for Children.
Establishing what stories appeal to today’s children/workshop. What scared you as a child? What made you happy? Could you use your own experiences to write a children’s story. In discussion we will collect ideas from each other and encourage others by giving positive feedback.

Week 5: Poetry.
Looking at traditional and modern poems and how to write a Haiku. Rhyme and rhythm are basic parts of poetry. We will read traditional and modern examples from famous poets and then have a go at creating our own poem.

Week 6: Writing for Film & TV.
Exploring ‘The Hero’s Journey’ – a classic journey reflected in many films, books and plays. We will watch the beginning of a film to define how films are divided into chapters and just how much writing is involved in scripts.

Next steps

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL


07 November 2017 - 12 December 2017

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Full fee: £48

This course is funding by PCDL so if you are in receipt of certain means-tested benefits and are currently looking for work you may not have to pay any fees. Please visit our Course Fees page more information.


No qualification awarded


6 weeks

Level Other
Entry requirements

To enrol on this course you must be aged 19+, live in the Nottingham area and have an NG postcode.


By attending the course you will have increased your knowledge, skills and understanding to help you move on and take up further opportunities open to you.

Your tutor will discuss progression opportunities with you at the final session as part of the course evaluation. These may include other community courses, employability skills courses, volunteering opportunities and progression onto other Nottingham College courses.

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