CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

What to Expect

All Sue’s writing courses are friendly and informal and create a supportive atmosphere for you to develop your writing.   During the sessions you will work on a number of exercises which have the aim of inspiring your writing, improving your technical expertise and generating ideas.   You will work in pairs, small groups and the whole group to share ideas and get some peer feedback on the exercises.   You can send Sue any short pieces of writing which you have developed from these exercises for expert feedback.   It is very difficult to inspire yourself to write and these courses help with motivation and discipline away from the class as they will give you ideas to take home and use in your own time.   The writing courses which run over four or six weeks will give you regular weekly homework but it is entirely up to you how much time you dedicate to producing homework.

The classes are aimed at all levels.   There are a finite number of techniques, but an infinite number of exercises which will help you improve these techniques.   If you do more than one class you will not find them repetitive as Sue will always find new ways to inspire you!   Most classes include poetry as, even if you are not a poetry writer, the techniques are invaluable to sharpen up your prose writing.   Conversely, if you only write poetry, you will still find ideas in the prose writing exercises which will help to freshen up your poetry.

We learn best by doing  —  so come along and give one of these classes a try!

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“To date, I’ve attended a number of Sue’s creative writing day workshops and courses.   Sue provides excellent prompts and exercises and the writing process is far from over once the course ends, as Sue always provides homework and feedback on drafts via email.   Sue is fully conversant with the latest teaching methods and trends in the publishing industry.   As such, she can provide students with bespoke advice on their writing goals.”     Elisabeth Sennitt Clough
Author of “Glass” — Paper Swans Press (2016) and “Sightings” — Pindrop Press (2016)

 

If you have a large project you are working on and would appreciate specific feedback and input, Sue offers one to one mentoring.

 

Here is what Sue’s students say about her classes:


Rose

“During her writing courses, Sue always stimulates our creativity by many means, including visiting places of local interest. Last autumn we visited All Saints’ Church and it was while shuffling through the leaves and looking at the old gravestones, that the idea of “Waiting” started to take shape. Sue encouraged me to send it to Writers’ Forum, I took the leap into the unknown, and to my delight, they published it.”
Rose, Snettisham

“I love coming to Sue’s creative writing class. It’s very relaxed and friendly and after the first week I didn’t mind reading what I’d written to others in the group. We’ve covered prose and different forms of poetry, and as an extra we’ve even done bookmaking with a guest tutor which I really enjoyed!”
Tessa, King’s Lynn

“There is much sharing, comfortable sharing… There is respect for each other’s work and a distinct feeling of camaraderie.”
Pamela, Rutland

Phil

“I‘ve found it fascinating how class discussion and exercises generate both interesting work and other unrelated ideas to pursue individually; how some ideas arrive nearly fully-formed while others need the individual support and feedback from Sue and the rest of the group to bring to a satisfactory conclusion.”
Phil, Blackborough End, Norfolk

“Creative writing is something I’ve thought about doing for a long time and I really enjoy Sue’s sessions, so it was wonderful to find such a friendly, supportive writing group locally. Sue’s experience and knowledge shines through in the feedback she gives and has given me the confidence to write things I would never have imagined myself capable of.”
Ghyslaine, King’s Lynn


Creative Writing Courses

 

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To book, please contact Sue to see if there are spaces available.   Places are not confirmed until the full fee has been received.   Fees are non-refundable unless the workshop/event is cancelled but may be deferred to another course in exceptional circumstances.
 

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INSPIRED BY FILM    
A SIX-WEEK POETRY COURSE

NORWICH

Monday 22ndJanuary — Monday 26th February  2-4.30pm
Fee: £70

The Colman Room in the John Hurt Suite, Cinema City, St Andrew’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4AD

This course will use film clips and innovative exercises to inspire fresh and original poetry on a variety of themes — Hollywood, Film Noir, German Expressionism, New Wave Cinema, Poets on screen, the art of cinemagoing etc.   Each week we’ll be exploring different poetic techniques to create a wide range of work.   This course is also a chance to increase your knowledge of film and find new movies to enjoy.   Feedback offered on all poetry produced during the course.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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VISIONS    
A POP-UP CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP AT THE SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

NORWICH

Friday 9thFebruary 1.30-5pm
Fee: £20

Meet at the SCVA Reception (entrance to the permanent collection is free but we will need to get stickers)
Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

An opportunity to explore the unique permanent collection of this fascinating art gallery and create fresh and innovative poetry and flash fiction in response.   There will be a tour of the highlights of the collection (Egyptian hippos, African masks, Picasso, Meso-American art and much, much more) and plenty of prompts and exercises to inspire you.   The SCVA is open until 6pm on Fridays should you wish to stay longer.   There will be some dedicated writing time over hot drinks and cake (not included!) in the café where we can start to shape up the ideas from the afternoon.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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CREATIVE WRITING COURSE    
A SIX-WEEK COURSE

HOLKHAM HALL

Six Tuesday afternoons starting 10th April (excluding 1st & 8th May)
1.30-4pm   Fee: £70   (including entry to walled garden for one or two of the sessions)

Courtyard Café, Holkham Hall, nr Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB

Suitable for all levels — poetry, fiction and memoir.   Regular homework and regular feedback.   Inspiring exercises to stimulate your creativity.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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WRITE WALKING    
THE RUNTONS

East & West Runcton

Friday 11thMay 11-4pm
Fee: £25

Meeting Place — East Runton — details on application

Explore the villages and beaches of East and West Runton while at the same time gaining inspiration for your writing through a series of short exercises and prompts.   There will be regular stops on the walk to discuss ideas, a lunch stop in a local café (not included in the price) and a chance for some writing time and feedback at the end of the day.   There will be a wet weather back-up plan but please come prepared for all eventualities with good shoes/boots (the paths can be muddy) and waterproofs.   The walk is not difficult (approx. 4 miles) but the ground can be uneven.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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