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.

 

Teddy bears brought in by Sue's Tuesday afternoon group, provide inspiration for poetry, fiction and memoir.
Teddy bears brought in by Sue’s Tuesday afternoon group, provide inspiration for poetry, fiction and memoir.

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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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POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP    
SEA WORDS

HUNSTANTON

Wednesday, 23rdAugust   10.30-4.30pm   Fee: £35

Hunstanton Heritage Centre, 15 The Green (next to Princess Theatre) PE36 5AH

An opportunity to acquire poetic technique and then apply these new-found or rediscovered skills to different poetic forms, both formal and free, to produce a linked series of poems on the theme of the sea.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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CREATIVE WRITING COURSE    

KING’S LYNN

Eight Tuesday mornings starting 5th September (excluding 3rd October)
10.30-12.30pm — Fee: £69

Venue on application

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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THE POETRY LABORATORY    

CAMBRIDGE

Saturday, 16thSeptember   10.30-4.30pm   Fee: £40

Lower Hall, St Andrew’s Baptist Church, 43 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR

Whether you are an experienced poet or just testing the waters this day will open the floodgates to creativity.   There will be innovative and inspirational exercises to enable you to experiment with a variety of forms.   We’ll be breaking open traditional structures, exploring contemporary ideas and inventing your own poetic templates, to create new poems for a 21st century audience.   These sessions are always informal, friendly, supportive and constructive.

There will be opportunities to get feedback from the group and to send later drafts of your poems to Sue for comments.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POETRY AND FLASH FICTION DAY SCHOOL    

HOLKHAM HALL

Wednesday 27thSeptember   10.30-4.30pm
Fee: £35 includes entry to Field & Fork exhibition and Walled Garden

Café at Holkham Hall (by the ticket office) NR23 1RH

Our base for this day of writing poetry and flash fiction will be the spacious and delicious café at Holkham Hall where we can have as many tea, coffee and lunch breaks as you desire!   In the morning we will spend some time at the Field and Fork exhibition and in the afternoon we will spend an hour in the walled garden (these may swap over depending on weather forecast).   All levels welcome with plenty of stimulating exercises to inspire fresh and original writing.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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EXTRA DATE DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!
POP-UP CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP    
TELLING FERRY TALES

KING’S LYNN

Wednesday 4thOctober   10am-12noon   Fee: £15 includes return ferry fare

King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre, outside the Custom House, King St, King’s Lynn PE30 1HP

In this innovative workshop you will be taken on a guided walk which includes a ferry ride across the Ouse (and back!) to gain a different perspective of historic King’s Lynn.   You will be given a worksheet and encouraged to create flash fiction using the historic information on the guided walk as well as fresh and original poetry on the theme of coming and going, singles and returns, ebb and flow.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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DAY SCHOOL    
WHAT WOULD JANE DO?

KING’S LYNN

Saturday, 14thOctober   10.30am-4.30pm   Fee: £35

Friends Meeting House, 38 Bridge Street, King’s Lynn PE30 5AB

It is 200 years since Jane Austen died but her novels are more popular than ever.   Explore the Battle of the Sexes, Regency England and The Marriage Plot.   There will be film clips and quotes to help you write fresh and original flash fiction and poetry inspired by Austen’s life and words.

There will also be a mini Jane Austen trail — although Jane didn’t visit King’s Lynn, the historic buildings in Nelson Street and beyond will be used to evoke the lifestyle Jane would have been very familiar with.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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FEN SPEAK    

KING’S LYNN

Friday 20thOctober   7pm for 7.30pm start (9.30pm finish)

Thoresby College, South Quay, King’s Lynn PE30 5DT
Please use South Quay entrance — Free

Fen Speak is a series of open mic nights which run every other month in Ely and every six months in King’s Lynn.   It is usually hosted by Jonathan Totman with support from Elaine Ewart, Poppy Kleiser and Sue Burge.   Poets, spoken word artists, fiction and non-fiction writers or those just wanting to listen are very welcome.   The events include first time contributors as well as regulars.   Each reader gets a slot of around 3 minutes.   The event is free to attend with donations taken to cover running costs.   Just turn up and sign up or e-mail in advance to book your slot by e-mailing Jonathan or Sue — email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required.   It’s a great opportunity to share your work and gain confidence in your performance skills in a friendly and informal space, meet other writers and find out what is going on locally.   For our Autumn event we are delighted to be able to feature the newly elected Fenland Poet Laureate, Kate Arthur and the Young Fenland Poet Laureate Sophie Lutkin.   There will also be the return of our popular Poetry Raffle.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POETRY WORKSHOP  
FIRE AND ICE

KING’S LYNN

Wednesday 1stNovember   1.30am-4.30pm   Fee: £18

GroundWork Gallery, 17 Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1ER

An afternoon of creativity at this wonderful gallery in the centre of King’s Lynn in which we will use the artworks and themes in the “Fire and Ice” exhibition, featuring Gina Glover and Jessica Rayner, to inspire fresh and original poetry.   All levels are welcome, there will be exercises to help with the creation process.   Later in the month there will also be an opportunity to read the poetry created during this workshop at a special evening event in the gallery (details forthcoming).

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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