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Creative writing courses

Converge students learning creative writing

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: Online or distanced learning 

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 four modules which each last five 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: Creating finished pieces

    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.

Modules include: 

  • Critical Reading
  • Looking Closer: Poetry, Script, Short Fiction, Novels: 
  • Genre and Audience
  • The Craft of Writing

Creative Writing: Art to Inspire

Course length: 5 weeks, starting January 2021

Learning type: Online

The course is open to Converge students who have completed any of the following:

  • Creative Writing Inspiration and Introduction (before Autumn 2020)
  • Creative Writing, Improving Through Literature (before Autumn 2020)
  • Creative Writing Inspirations (Modules 1 or 2 in Autumn term 2020)
  • Creative Writing Develop Your Skills (Modules 1 or 2 in Autumn term 2020)
  • Memoir and Autobiography

During the course you will learn how to use visual art to inspire your writing. 

If you previously took part in the Art to Inspire course the last time it ran, you are welcome to apply again as the course content is different.

Growing your stories

Course length: 8 weeks

Learning type: Online

This course is for students who have completed Module 1 or Module 2 of the Inspirations course.

During the course you will experiment with your writing. Each session will start with 2 or 3 prompts - an object, a word, a phrase, a simple scenario, or an extract from a book. You can use any or all of the prompts and are encouraged to trust your instincts and write for 20 minutes. 

We will share our initial responses and talk about how they might become stories. We will write for another 20 minutes, then talk again. We repeat this process 1 more time during the session. 

You will finish the session with the makings of a story which you can develop outside of the class. Each session has new prompts to inspire new stories. 

For this course you must be willing to share your writing and make suggestions to others.

Writers Workshops

Course length: Weekly during term time, starting June 2021

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

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