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
Course length: 8 weeks
Learning type: Online through Converge Connected
This 8 week course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in, or has experience of, creative writing and for anyone who has taken, or is taking, the Converge Inspirations course.
Everybody has a story to tell. You will be introduced to the many forms that Life Writing takes from the personal to the published. We will consider what constitutes life writing, how it has evolved and how the art of storytelling can enhance the life story.
Each class aims to develop writing skills, whether this is for personal pleasure or for others to read. Practical tasks will provide an opportunity to experiment with style and form. We will explore published works, including diaries, the personal essay, autobiography and memoir to gain a greater understanding of this genre and perhaps influence your approach to your own writing.
"The courses are interesting. I have become a better person and something of a poet!"
— Converge creative writing student