Creative writing courses
All our courses may be subject to change. You will be notified of these changes if necessary.
On our creative writing courses you can develop new skills and explore different writing techniques.
At the centre of Converge creative writing is our 'Creative Writing: Inspirations' course. This is the foundation for all the other writing courses we offer, so we ask that everyone starts here, whatever their previous experience.
All Converge creative writers are welcome to submit a piece for our annual publication, Creative Writing Heals.
Creative Writing: Inspirations
Course length: 2 terms
Learning type: On campus learning or online through Converge Connected
This course is an ideal introduction to creative writing for new writers or a refresher for those with more experience. The course is made up of 4 modules which each last 5 weeks.
Our tutors will help you overcome the challenges that many writers face. This includes how to fit writing into a busy life, and overcoming writer's block.
This course provides the foundation for our other Converge creative writing courses. It is strongly recommended that you complete all four modules before progressing to other courses.
- Module 1: Finding inspiration
Find inspiration and turn it into creative writing. Explore the foundations of writing practice. Overcome writer's block.
- Module 2: Using inspiration
Develop creative and observational skills. Create characters, settings and atmosphere.
- Module 3: Exploring form
Look at how to write in different forms, including poetry, script, novels, short fiction and creative non-fiction.
- Module 4: Finishing piece
Transform a rough first draft into a polished piece. Receive 1 to 1 support from a mentor to help you to develop your work and submit it for publication in Converge’s annual anthology, Creative Writing Heals.
Creative Writing: Developing your skills
Course length: 2 years
Learning type: Online or distanced learning
This 2 year course is open to Converge students who have completed the Creative Writing: Inspirations course. You can start in any year.
During the course you will cover a range of skills through seven different modules. You will gain an overview of creative writing skills with plenty of opportunity to practise and develop new skills.
- Critical Reading
- Looking Closer: Poetry, Script, Short Fiction, Novels:
- Genre and Audience
- The Craft of Writing
- Writing Projects
Creative Writing: Seduced by the Built Environment
Course length: 5 weeks
Course location: Online or by post through Converge Connected
On this course you will consider the impact of urban and monumental influences on our writing from the built environment surrounding us.
From the grand designs to the corner shop, we are immersed and daily seduced by the buildings and structures which form the patterns of our everyday life.
This course will bring new perceptions to your writing.
Course length: Weekly during term time
These workshops are open to students who have completed the Creative Writing: Inspirations course.
You will need to be able to share a piece of your work for feedback (up to 1,000 words). Each week we will discuss each others' work and provide constructive feedback. Writing samples will be available to read in advance of the workshop.
During the workshop, you will also set your own writing goals for the month. These will be discussed each week so we can support each other to achieve them.
"The courses are interesting. I have become a better person and something of a poet!"
— Converge creative writing student