Ways into creative writing: an introduction

Course Dates: 15/07/19 - 26/07/19
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join this introductory course. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.


What is the course about?

This hands-on course will introduce you to creative writing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. You'll be encouraged to think in a creative way and to experiment with language in prose fiction, poetry and other media. You'll gain a greater understanding of the devices and techniques used by writers, and unlock your imagination as you begin to produce work of your own. This course is not designed for students wishing to improve their grammar and punctuation skills.

Students say: "It gave me discipline, courage and inspiration to write"; "Outstanding and inspiring - the classroom exercises were very helpful, and I feel that I've learned a good deal"; "It was very interactive and there was a positive atmosphere throughout the course"; "Well-paced and supportive.".

What will we cover?

Class exercises are designed to bring out each student's individual creativity, unlock the imagination, and promote confidence. Students and the tutor respond to the work that individuals choose to read out in a supportive workshop atmosphere.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Respond to, assess and discuss pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Recognise and develop your own writing skills
- Identify various techniques used by creative writers, such as imagery, point of view, first person/third person narrative
- Begin to apply these techniques in your own writing
- Produce several pieces of writing - poems, short fiction or other media.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no previous writing experience is required. You should be able to read and write fluently in English, and be enthusiastic about the prospect of reading and writing prose fiction and poetry.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn through in-class exercises, out-of-class assignments, and discussion with the other students and your tutor. Writing tasks will also be set as homework. You will be invited to read out texts you produce in class and at home.

All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Build offers a fantastic range of creative writing courses covering all genres and levels of ability. You can progress to Furthering your Creative Writing, where you'll continue to experiment with a range of forms. Or you can take a course in a particular medium, including novel and short story writing, screenwriting, playwriting, and creative non-fiction. To browse our full range of creative writing courses, visit bildutrapagaran.info/writing.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
I would recommend. There were frustrations with aspects of course admin aside, it's really helped me to rediscover the things I love about writing.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
Amazing course definitely do it
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Review by Jacqui / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
Go for it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
This course provides the technical know how of story construction as well as plenty of opportunities to write and present work.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/02/2019)
I’ve hardly tried to write creatively since school, and wanted a gentle way to get started. This course was perfect - full of tips and manageable exercises, all in a supportive atmosphere. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone in a similar situation.
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Review by TheFurryLady / (Posted on 26/05/2018)
Consistently interesting and stimulating with a variety of activities, feedback and matieral to widen one's outlook and approach. All student work listened to with respect and very helpful attention. A most rewarding learning process and surpassed all my expectations.
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Review by Pat / (Posted on 20/02/2017)
A very well structured course with an opportunity to share work, be taught key principles of creative writing and to practice writing in a guided way.
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Review by Emma / (Posted on 20/02/2017)

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Course Code: HW135

Please choose a course date 

Mon+Wed+Fri, eve, 15 Jul - 26 Jul '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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