Beginners Creative Writing Course (6 Weeks)

With Emma Pass. Starting 25/05/2022

Start Date: 25th May 2022 – 2 places remaining

This Online Beginners Creative Writing Course is suitable for complete beginners. It’s also suitable if you haven’t written anything for a while and if you’d like some help with your writing routine.

There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. You will receive written feedback on all assignments.

Note: The tutor will email you on the course start date with your first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

Our beginners courses are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Week 1: Ideas and Inspiration

Where do ideas come from? Module 1 looks at how you can take inspiration from a wide range of sources from all around you, and turn them into material for your stories.

Week 2: Bringing Your Characters to Life

If you’re writing fiction, it’s vital to create believable characters. This module will show you how to do this using a variety of different exercises to spark ideas and build a character from scratch.

Week 3: Voice, Viewpoint and Dialogue

Now you’ve created a character, it’s time to think about your writer’s voice, point of view and dialogue. This week you’ll be looking at what ‘voice’ actually is, how the point of view you choose affects the story you’re trying to tell, and the importance of writing strong dialogue.

Week 4: World Building and Settings

Fully-realised settings are important too, whether your story is set in another world or in the corner shop! In this module you’ll look at ways to create vivid settings, and how to place your characters there.

Week 5: Pin Your Plot Down

We’ve all heard the saying “every story should have a beginning, middle and end”, but what does that actually mean? This week you’ll be studying the basics of story structure, using existing stories as examples, have a go at plotting out your own beginning, middle and end and writing an opening that hooks your reader in.

Week 6: Getting Stuck, and Getting On

This module looks at everything else: exercises to help beat the dreaded writer’s block, tips for redrafting and editing your work, and what to do next – whether that’s pursue publication, enter competitions or start writing your novel!

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About The Tutor

Emma Pass is the award-winning author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, ACID, won the North East Teenage Book Award and was picked by YALSA as a Top Ten Amazing Audiobook for 2015. Both ACID and her second novel, The Fearless, were nominated for the Carnegie Medal. The Fearless won the Concorde Book Award in 2016. Her novels have been published in the UK, US and Spain. When she's not writing, Emma runs workshops for all ages, and offers mentoring and editing services for writers. She's been a Patron of Reading and a writer-in-residence for First Story, and is the co-founder of the UKYA and Children's Extravaganzas.


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Course Details

  • Start Date: 25/05/2022
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 240 NZD