CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

The Writing Cloud

For information on Sue’s writing course by e-mail subscription click here.

 

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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“Sue Burge is a wonderfully warm, highly experienced tutor of all kinds of creative writing… What was so thrilling and rewarding was watching people — some self-avowed non-writers or poets — lose their fear and trepidation and write some amazing pieces.”
Gaynor Clements, Director, Cambridge Writing Retreat www.cambridgewritingretreat.com

 

“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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ECO WRITING  
AN INTENSIVE CREATIVE WRITING DAY

HUNSTANTON

Wednesday 8th May     10.30am-4.30/5pm
Fee: £20 including lunch
Subsidised by, and part of, the Hunstanton District Festival of Arts
To book contact Ann McKimm on 01485-533933 or e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required


Venue — 21 The Green, Hunstanton PE36 5AH

This workshop will examine how we can write fresh and original poetry and short fiction on the subject of the environment.   There will be a range of innovative exercises to stimulate your creativity.   We will also explore poems and short fiction by contemporary writers to inform and develop your own writing practice.
Limited to 15 participants

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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THE POWER OF THE PAST  
POETRY AND FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP

KING’S LYNN

Thursday 9th May     10.30am-4.30pm
Fee: £35


Venue — Friends’ Meeting House/St Margaret’s Church/South Quay – King’s Lynn

During this day workshop we’ll be exploring aspects of the history of King’s Lynn to inspire new poetry and flash fiction.   We will start at the Friends’ Meeting House with a series of exercises to help us access the power of the past before investigating the fascinating stories around King’s Lynn Minster (St Margaret’s Church).   After a light lunch in the historic building which is now Golding’s Deli and Hotel, we will proceed to the South Quay for more insights into the history of King’s Lynn before returning to the Meeting House for an intensive writing and feedback session.
Limited to 10 participants

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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CREATIVE WRITING MASTERCLASSES  

WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA

Tuesday 11th June — Memoir Writing (prose and poetry)
Tuesday 18th June — Poetry
Tuesday 25th June — Short Stories
1-4pm   Fee: £25 per session


Venue — Friends’ Meeting House, 43 Church Street, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk NR23 1HZ

Informative, informal sessions designed to help you further your understanding of each genre and to produce fresh, original work.   Participants will receive comprehensive worksheets and carry out innovative exercises to achieve workable drafts.   These can be polished and sent to Sue for feedback at a later date.
Suitable for all levels of experience.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POP-UP POETRY WORKSHOP  

NORWICH

Friday 28th June     1.30-5pm
Fee: £25


Venue — Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

For this workshop we will explore the many and varied heads exhibited at the Sainsbury Centre, from sculpted heads from all over the globe to painted portraits, heads with torsos and heads without, life-size heads, tiny heads, giant heads.   Innovative exercises will inspire fresh and original poetry.   Open to all levels with feedback available on later drafts of the pieces produced as a result of the course.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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FINDING YOUR VOICE/SPEAKING IN TONGUES
POETRY WORKSHOP        

NORWICH

Saturday 6th July     10.30am-4.30pm
Fee: £40


Venue — Upstairs at Carberry’s Café,
18 Wensum Street, Norwich NR3 1HY

Does a poet have one voice or many?   What does “finding your voice” actually mean?   In this workshop we will look at a range of contemporary poets and see how they tackle their themes using a range of voice/style/language.   You will be encouraged to try different personas in order to find new language and ideas to enable you to break away from your usual way of writing.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POP-UP POETRY AND FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP
 

CROMER

Tuesday 16th July     12noon-4pm
(time to be confirmed when Museum announces seasonal opening times)
Fee: £25 (includes a twilight ticket to Cromer Museum)
Meeting Point — Entrance to Cromer Pier


Venue — Cromer Pier, Promenade, North Lodge Park Tea Rooms, Cromer Museum

We will explore the area along the promenade on our way to our lunch venue, North Lodge Park Tea Rooms which specialises in crêpes and cakes.   A comprehensive worksheet will provide the inspiration for poems/flash fiction and there will be a chance to share work before finishing the afternoon at Cromer Museum where the wealth of objects and information may lead you to new work or provide further details for your drafts.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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EXPLORING PROSE POETRY    

EAST RUNTON

Wednesday 24th July     10.30am-4.30pm
Fee: £40 (includes tea, coffee, biscuits and a light lunch)


Venue — East Runton — precise details on application

Even experienced poets avoid the prose poetry form but it is such a useful tool to have in your poetic toolbox.   This workshop aims to demystify the prose poem.   We will spend the morning discovering how different poets have interpreted the prose poem format and work towards our own definitions of prose poetry.   In the afternoon participants will have time to create prose poems, using various prompts and ideas.   The day will end with a group feedback session which will enable each poet to polish their work and take it forward.   We’ll be using the Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (ed. Jeremy Noel-Tod) and the Valley Press Anthology of the British Prose Poem (due out in July 2019) as our key texts and our inspiration.

Limited to 8 participants only.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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WRITE SPACE, WRITE TIME      
A MINI WRITING RETREAT

NORWICH

Wednesday 7th August     10.30am-4.30pm
Fee: £40


Venue — Upstairs at Carberry’s Café,
18 Wensum Street, Norwich NR3 1HY

A day with a difference for all of us who find it hard to put aside focused writing time.   Bring your work in progress/unfinished projects and luxuriate in a large, light room with a friendly café downstairs for all your coffee/tea and lunch/cake needs (not included in the fee!).   We will start the day together and spend a little time decluttering our minds ready for the day ahead.   Then you will have the rest of the time to work on your own writing.   Sue will be on hand to give feedback on short pieces, to discuss ideas and to give advice if you get stuck.   There will be a writing prompts table if you want to start something new or want a break to try something different before going back to the grindstone.   The table will also include a range of interesting books and articles.   At the end of the day we will come back together to briefly discuss the day’s progress.

These days are for six participants only to ensure that each writer has their own table/private space to work as well as plenty of time for feedback/consultation. Please note, the room we use is up two short flights of stairs (no lift) and the café owners have a large, very friendly dog who will be present downstairs/in the café.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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INSPIRED BY FILM POETRY COURSE
THE WORLD TOUR      

NORWICH

Monday 16th, 23rd, 30th of September and 14th October   1.30pm-4.30pm
Fee: £72


Venue — The Lounge, Charing Cross Centre, 17-19 St John Maddermarket, Norwich NR2 1DN

In this series of workshops we will be looking at a range of contemporary poets from France, Germany, Russia and Japan and exploring Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Tokyo via clips of documentary and feature films set in these cities.   There will be innovative exercises to inspire you to write fresh and original poetry arising from these twin explorations of international poetry and world cinema.   This course caters for all levels of experience.   There will be regular homework exercises with feedback on your drafts each week.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
A BEGINNING, A MUDDLE AND AN END!

KING’S LYNN

Thursday 26th September     1pm-4pm
Fee: £25


Venue — Friend’s Meeting House, 38 Bridge Street, King’s Lynn PE30 5HZ

As well as helping you to generate ideas for crafting poetry and short fiction using a variety of unusual prompts and innovative exercises, this fun and inspiring workshop will have a particular focus on structure.   We’ll be considering different ways of ordering our work to make it fresh and original.   Participants are encouraged to bring along poems and short pieces of fiction which haven’t really worked and to explore whether a bit of creative restructuring might help (this is not compulsory, there’ll be plenty of other exercises).   Feedback will be offered on work produced as a result of the afternoon.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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CREATIVE WRITING COURSE    

EAST RUNTON

Six Thursday mornings 10th October — 21st November (excluding 24th October)
10.30am-12.30pm
Fee: £70


Venue on application

Suitable for all levels of experience, this course will explore poetry, short fiction and memoir writing.   Inspiring exercises, regular homework and constructive feedback in a friendly and informal setting.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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WRITE SPACE, WRITE TIME      
A MINI WRITING RETREAT

NORWICH

Saturday 12th October     10.30am-4.30pm
Fee: £40


Venue — Upstairs at Carberry’s Café,
18 Wensum Street, Norwich NR3 1HY

A day with a difference for all of us who find it hard to put aside focused writing time.   Bring your work in progress/unfinished projects and luxuriate in a large, light room with a friendly café downstairs for all your coffee/tea and lunch/cake needs (not included in the fee!).   We will start the day together and spend a little time decluttering our minds ready for the day ahead.   Then you will have the rest of the time to work on your own writing.   Sue will be on hand to give feedback on short pieces, to discuss ideas and to give advice if you get stuck.   There will be a writing prompts table if you want to start something new or want a break to try something different before going back to the grindstone.   The table will also include a range of interesting books and articles.   At the end of the day we will come back together to briefly discuss the day’s progress.

These days are for six participants only to ensure that each writer has their own table/private space to work as well as plenty of time for feedback/consultation. Please note, the room we use is up two short flights of stairs (no lift) and the café owners have a large, very friendly dog who will be present downstairs/in the café.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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The Writing Cloud

For information on Sue’s writing course by e-mail subscription click here.