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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FEN SPEAK ON TOUR  

KING’S LYNN

Friday 28thApril 7.30pm — Free Entry

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

Come along and hear work by talented local writers and perhaps take the opportunity to read your own work at this friendly and supportive open mic session.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POETRY WORKSHOP    
WRITE LIKE PATERSON!

KING’S LYNN

Saturday, 29thApril   2-5pm   Fee: £18

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

Jim Jarmusch’s film “Paterson” is about a poetry-writing bus-driver called Paterson (Adam Driver) who lives in the town of Paterson (where Ginsberg grew up and William Carlos Williams was born).   Paterson’s poetry is inspired by William Carlos Williams and Frank O’Hara.   We will explore the work of these two poets, discover their very different techniques and watch clips from the film in order to create poetry which reflects these influences.   We will also look at the Dickman brothers’ poetry, which reflects these traditions, and is referenced in the film.
The King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club will be screening Paterson on Thursday, 8th June at 7.30 at St George’s Guildhall (Arts Centre) on King Street.   If you are not a Cinema Club member you will be able to attend the film screening free of charge if you have participated in this workshop.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POP-UP CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP  
TITCHWELL BIRD RESERVE — to be confirmed

TITCHWELL

Wednesday 10thMay   10-1pm   Fee: £18

Titchwell Bird Reserve PE31 8BB
(entry to the reserve is free, there is a car-parking charge for non-members which is NOT included in the course fee)

Wrap up warmly and spend the morning exploring the trails at this wonderful bird reserve after a brief introduction in the cafe.   Bring a clipboard and fingerless gloves — there will be a worksheet with inspiring exercises to generate fresh and original short fiction and poetry.   We will have a bird expert with us so that our writing and enjoyment can be as specific as possible!

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POETRY WORKSHOP
RESPONDING TO THE GREAT WAR  

KING’S LYNN

Tuesday 20thJune   2-5pm   Fee: £18

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

Sue recently took part in a collaborative poetic response to the 1916 documentary film “The Battle of the Somme”. Using her experience from this project, participants will be encouraged to generate 21st century responses to the First World War. There will be film clips for inspiration and a chance to look at a wide range of war poetry to help you to formulate your own unique response.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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MASTERCLASS    
WRITE A SHORT STORY IN A DAY

KING’S LYNN

Saturday, 24thJune   11-5pm   Fee: £35

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

The aim of this masterclass is to achieve the first draft of a complete and effective short story. We will explore the essential elements of a short story through a series of clear and motivating exercises:

  • Character
  • Conflict
  • Plot and structure
  • Setting
  • Dialogue

There will be writing time as well as time for peer feedback and a chance to send a later draft of your short story to Sue for feedback.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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