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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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 (CROMER)

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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MEMOIR WRITING DAY      

NORWICH

Wednesday 13th November     10.30am-4.30pm
Fee: £40


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

An opportunity to discover and practice techniques which will make your memoir writing a fresh and engaging experience for potential readers.   There will be time to discuss and share your work in progress in a supportive and informal atmosphere and to send more polished drafts of short pieces which arose during the course to Sue for feedback at a later date.

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.