CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

 

THE WRITING CLOUD
A WRITING COURSE BY E-MAIL SUBSCRIPTION

Join any time.

This writing course is suitable for any level of experience.  A comprehensive worksheet full of ideas, prompts, articles and suggested writing tasks around a particular theme is sent out on the 15th of every month.  The worksheet covers all genres (poetry, short fiction and memoir writing).

A six-month subscription is £75 and a year’s subscription is £140.  This includes feedback on two short pieces or one longer piece of work generated by the Writing Cloud theme each month.

Click here to download a sample Writing Cloud Worksheet — Reflections of You

Sue’s monthly offering provides a rich abundance of material with specific themes.   The themes were eclectic and different from the subject matter I typically write about which helped me discover new material.   I found her offerings to to be very generative.   Several of the poems I wrote from her prompts have been published.   Additionally, her personal insight each month lent itself to a more fine-tuned poem.
Jennifer, San Francisco

I have found that the Writing Cloud suits me well.   It ensures that I always have a writing project on the go, and the monthly cycle really works for me.   I find Sue’s feedback helpful, always constructive and offering a way forward.   The brief is never constraining, but rather sparks inspiration to take my work in directions that it might not otherwise go.   The experience has given me the confidence to send my work for publication, and my first piece is being published soon.
Hilary, West Norfolk

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

“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

“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)

 

 


ZOOM WORKSHOP – POLISHING YOUR SUBMISSIONS
Kostya Tsolakis/Sue Burge

Thursday 30th September  1.15pm-5.30pm
Fee £40 (limited to 10 participants)

Thinking magazines?   Don’t sweat it!   Poet and editor Kostya Tsolakis will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of getting your work ready for submitting to magazines, including getting organised and making the best use of available resources, while also touching upon the importance of well-being during what can be an emotional process.   After Kostya’s two-hour session there will be some editing time where you can apply Kostya’s advice to some of your poems, before zooming back for discussion and sharing of edits with Sue.

Kostya Tsolakis is a London-based poet and journalist from Athens, Greece.   He is founding editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second or parallel language.   In 2019, he won the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, ESL category.   His pamphlet Ephebos is out with ignitionpress.

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 

 


MEMOIR WRITING DAY VIA ZOOM

Saturday 9th October   10am-4pm
Fee £50

This workshop will explore a variety of innovative memoirs which use hybrid forms of expression, mixing poetry, prose, fiction and reality in order to engage readers in a genre which, thanks to its ability to reinvent itself, is gaining popularity.   We will use these texts as inspiration for exercises to enable you to produce your own inventive and layered pieces of memoir.

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 

 


WATER,   WATER   EVERYWHERE
WRITING WORKSHOP
part of Cromer Artspace Autumn Festival

Thursday 28th October   1pm-4pm
Fee £20 (Limited to 8 participants)

Venue: Cromer Community Centre, Garden St, Cromer NR27 9HL
From sea glass to sea legends, sailors to seabirds, wild swims to epic voyages, the sea has so much to offer us in terms of writing inspiration.
In this workshop there will be a chance to produce fresh and original poetry and flash (short) fiction in response to innovative prompts and exercises, with a chance to share work in progress at the end.

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 

 


ZOOM FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP

Thursday 18th November   10.00am-12.30pm
Fee £20

Discover the world of flash fiction/micro-fiction.   We will explore techniques and prompts to enable you to produce complete stories of less than 1,000 words.
(Please note this is a repeat of the workshop which took place in June 2020.)

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 


ZOOM POETRY WORKSHOP
Poetry on the Wing

Monday 22nd November   10am-1pm
Fee £30

A workshop celebrating all winged things — birds, insects and mythical creatures. Come along and let your poetry take flight!

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 

 


THE WRITERS’ GREENHOUSE
Four Wednesday evenings via Zoom

5th and 19th January, 9th and 23rd February 2022   7pm-9.30pm
8 participants only
Fee £85 for all four evenings

The Writers’ Greenhouse is a space where you can focus on specific writing projects and move your writing forward.   It will be a place to share ideas and tap into the wide-ranging expertise of your fellow participants.   You may want to finalise your poetry collection, work out a problem in your novel’s plot, brainstorm ideas for a funding bid, overcome writer’s block or discover how to market your work.   Or you may simply want to move your writing on to the next level or try a different genre.   You may have one particular project you want to work on, or a couple of ideas you want to develop.   You might change your mind from one session to the next!   There will be opportunities to present your projects/work in progress with the group, explore ideas, update each other on progress (or lack of it — it’s all part of the experience!) and to work in breakout groups for more in-depth discussion.   There will also be quiet and focused chunks of writing time.   A unique opportunity to be part of a writing community for 10 precious hours!

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 

 

“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 in King’s Lynn, 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

“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