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Creative Writing Workshops For Adults

We run both beginner and intermediate creative writing workshops for adults at times and days to suit all (please see our Facebook page @readnowwritenow or email [email protected] for details on current courses).

Currently all our workshops are taking place via Zoom

Several participants of our courses are now published authors.

Our courses are informative but also relaxed and informal. Participants are shown examples from literature and can take part in gentle exercises and there is always time for people to ask questions or discuss elements of the course with Charlie and other course attendees. A worksheet is sent to all each week and Charlie will also share the worksheet on the screen during the sessions. Each session lasts for 1.5 hours.

Beginners’ Course

Our beginners’ courses are either 6 or 8 weeks long and participants learn the basics of story writing: how to get inspired; setting the scene; characterisation; plots; how to plan; dilemmas and resolutions; using dialogue, building suspense and tension and how to revise and edit.

6 week course costs £60.00 per person.

Here are some quotes from a recent beginners’ course which ended in December 2020:

Highly recommend, I have also just completed this course. Really informative, great content and delivered in a relaxed enjoyable way

Intermediate Course

The 6 week intermediate course moves on from the beginners’ course to show a number of literary devices that can be used, and are used by successful published authors, to enhance stories, making them layered, deeper and more exciting to read including: Foreshadowing and Deus ex Machina; Parallel Stories; Creating an Atmosphere using Tone and Mood and Pathetic Fallacy; Motif and Symbolism as well as Contrast and Irony.

6 week course costs £60.00 per person.

Here are some quotes from a recent intermediate course which finished in 2020:

This is a great course to give budding authors the extra help to add layers of inspirational ideas to your up coming books. Charlie is very good at encouraging new Authors to really write books with all the tools /knowledge required to make them unique and hopefully memorable to their readers too. Thanks for a Super informative and inspirational course!

The Tutor is very enthusiastic and passionate about his subject. He actively encourages students to contribute ideas and opinions. He makes the sessions fun. My writing skills have improved massively as well as my confidence to become a published writer

This was an excellent course. As well as introducing me to important topics for consideration when writing, I feel I have made some friends and been able to share ideas. Highly recommended

We also run, in partnership with local library services, several Arts Council funded creative writing workshop projects for adults such as Write Time, Write Place; Hear I Am and Novels that Shaped Our World. Please check our Facebook page to see if we are running one in your area.

Write Time Write Place Halton book launch

Not got time to attend a course? Why not buy the book of the course instead?

New for Christmas 2020 is our “Writing Guide for Adult Beginners: the Gentle Guide on how to write amazing stories.”

Written by our creative writing tutor and author Charlie Lea, this guide is based on our 8 week beginners course and helps, in an easy to understand way, all the key things you need to think about when writing your story, including seeking inspiration; setting the scene; characters; plots; using dialogue; planning; dilemmas and resolutions; building suspense and tension, using figurative language and how to edit and revise.

Using lots of literary examples, helpful exercises and feedback from some of the adults who have attended his courses over the years, this guide will definitely help you understand how to write brilliant stories.

LJMU Writers’ Workshop

By blending rigorous research, theory and creative practice, the Group’s members explore the possibilities of creative and reflective writing. Researchers from the LJMU Writers’ Workshop are not limited by genre and produce work within the following areas:

  • Research-informed novels
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Creative writing pedagogy
  • The applications of technology in extending access to writing
  • Practice-as-research
  • The impact of writing on wellbeing

One of LJMU Writers’ Workshop’s key research projects is Free to Write – a project that tested how writing could be used to help prison inmates and ex-offenders rehabilitate.

The project was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and was run in conjunction with various organisations, including: Merseyside Probation Services, bail hostels, English PEN, Koestler Trust, Prisoners Education Trust, Writers in Education Trust and Liverpool City Libraries.

Free to Write found that reflective and creative writing has a positive impact on offenders and ex-offenders. In addition to this significant finding, the project resulted in the publication of an anthology of prisoners’ writing and academic research on the impact of creative writing on prisoners’ lives. This work is in use in prisons and therapeutic contexts nationally.

Free to Write was part of the English impact submission to the most recent research assessment (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The submission was rated as world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour (4*).

Currently, the LJMU Writers’ Workshop has extended Free To Write’s focus and researchers are working in partnership with organisations to test the impact of creative practice on the lives of socially disadvantaged or culturally marginalised groups.

Other representative research projects include Andrew McMillan’s work into the legacy of past events in Rochdale and the South Yorkshire coalfields; Jeff Young’s radio essay, ‘Transformer’ on Franz Kafka, and drama documentary When the Beatles Met Elvis, which were both commissioned by the BBC.

Collaborative projects are central to LJMU Writers’ Workshop. Consequently, the Group has built numerous partnerships with leading organisations and institutions, including: the Bluecoat Centre, the Everyman and Playhouse Theatre, Tate Liverpool, Writing on the Wall and PARTIA. LJMU Writers’ Workshop also partner with MMU’s Cheshire faculty, NAWE, Time To Read and Sandstone Press in The Novella Award, an annual writing competition that celebrates new fiction in the novella form. Sandstone Press publishes the winning novella.

Similarly, the Group has established many key partnerships overseas. For example, Tamsin Spargo was appointed visiting Professor in English at the University of Malaya in 2012. Currently, members from LJMU Writers’ Workshop are also discussing the formation of a creative partnership with a prestigious US institution.

LJMU Writers’ Workshop hosts Writing 101 – a free seminar series which is open to the public and features readings by prominent creative writers, such as Alison Moore, David Gaffney and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Postgraduate study and PhD opportunities

Postgraduate students are central to LJMU Writers’ Workshop community.

The MPhil and PhD provision offered by LJMU Writers’ Workshop provides graduates of MA programmes with a structured environment in which to produce their theses. Theses consist of creative work accompanied by relevant research and/or complementary writing, which may take many forms. All of the Group’s postgraduate work has a practice-as-research ethos.

LJMU Writer’s Workshop particularly welcomes students interested in producing novels and short story collections, literary non-fiction and poetry.

If you are interested in studying for a Creative Writing MPhil / PhD, please contact our admissions team.

Telephone: 0151 231 5175
Email: [email protected]