Classes

Have you always wanted to write but don’t know where to start? Would you like to try something new, fun and creative? Are you halfway through a novel and need a friendly push to the finish line?

I teach creative writing classes to spark your imagination and help you achieve your  goals, whatever your experience. Whether you want to write a short story or novel, try your hand at monologues or children’s fiction, there’s a class that is perfect for you.

A five-session beginner or refresher course covers Narrative Voice, Character Building, Dialogue, Setting and Tone. Alternatively, you can choose from over 100 topics to create a bespoke course of any length. I also work as a writing coach: setting goals and offering constructive feedback to writers working on all types of fiction and non-fiction. (See Coaching for more information).

To create your bespoke course choose from the following:

Characters

  • Internal dialogue
  • Character building
  • Time travellers and guardian angels: fantastical details in a real-life setting
  • Death scenes and dying characters
  • Creating unpleasant characters
  • Writing minor characters
  • Dialogue for an elderly character
  • When characters meet for the first time
  • New character types – how not to write yourself into every character
  • Male POV – writing male characters
  • Female POV – writing female characters
  • Writing about happiness and creating happy characters
  • 3D-characters: homesickness
  • 3D-characters: depression
  • How to write a grieving character
  • How to write a character who brings chaos to every scene
  • Child protagonists
  • Mothers as characters
  • Fathers as characters
  • Siblings in fiction
  • Character extremes 1: super wealthy
  • Character extremes 2: the tricky guest/colleague/in-law
  • Character extremes 3: the too good to be true type
  • Character workshop: an alien’s point of view
  • Character workshop: a recluse back in society/someone who’s regained their hearing
  • Character workshop: the cheat
  • Creating villains: killers and conmen
  • Flawed characters with redeeming features
  • Character workshop: cheats
  • Character workshop: victims
  • Creating villains
  • Writing drunk characters
  • Character descriptions – first impressions
  • Introduction to character building
  • Writing a break-up
  • Characters who run away
  • A day in the life…
  • Friendship groups in fiction
  • Pairings in fiction: people and their pets

Auto/biography and Life Writing

  • Childhoods as stories
  • Making biographical facts sing
  • Journaling
  • Being more present in life writing
  • Humour in autobiography

Genre

  • Psychological Thriller (Genre workshop)
  • Humour (Genre workshop)
  • Crime (Genre workshop)
  • YA (Genre workshop)
  • Children’s picture book (Genre workshop)
  • Animals in children’s fiction
  • Fiction for 7-11-year-old readers (Genre workshop)
  • Romance (Genre workshop)
  • Rhyming picture books (Genre workshop)
  • Cosy crime (genre workshop)
  • Short story workshops
  • Screenplay workshops
  • Monologues and how to write them
  • Epistolary writing – letters in fiction
  • Epistolary writing 2 – diary
  • Poetry
  • Comic writing

Miscellaneous

  • Writing arguments
  • Spas as a theme for practice (dialogue, setting, narrative viewpoint, group dynamics)
  • Music festival as a theme for practice (dialogue, setting, narrative viewpoint, group dynamics)
  • The sea as a theme for practice
  • Landscapes and Imagery
  • Sounds in fiction – what sounds bring to your story
  • Nature in fiction – bringing background to the fore
  • Food in fiction – how to use food and food imagery in writing
  • The use of colours in fiction
  • How to use the weather in fiction
  • Issues as fiction
  • Period settings
  • Write like Hemingway
  • Describing bodies
  • How to write about heartache
  • Writing confrontations
  • Ghosts in stories
  • Christmas stories
  • What’s going on in the background?
  • Writing sex scenes – what to include and what to omit
  • Red herrings: how to trick your reader
  • Office politics: fiction in the workplace
  • Medical drama: fiction set in hospitals
  • Suspects in mysteries
  • Happy ever afters – denouements and beyond
  • Travelogue as fiction

Planning/Technical

  • Book titles
  • Plotting and Planning a Novel
  • Beginning a novel
  • Ending a novel
  • How to change pace
  • Writing in the first person
  • How to edit your work
  • Sub-plots
  • Plot twists
  • Unreliable narrators
  • Show not tell
  • Beginnings and how to start a story or novel
  • From exposition to action
  • Three act structure (novel)
  • How to plot your novel
  • Advanced editing
  • Multiple limited narrative viewpoint scenes
  • Introduction to Narrative Voice
  • Introduction to Dialogue
  • Multiple limited third person
  • Introduction to setting
  • Unusual narrators
  • How to create suspense in fiction
  • Story generation

Language

  • Simile and metaphor workshop
  • Still life details – how to up your descriptive game
  • Using imagery in fiction
  • Every word counts: write your best prose
  • Substance and style: the spare writing style
  • Poetry-driven prose
  • Introduction to language and imagery

All classes include emailed notes, in-class writing exercises and feedback on any homework.

You will need a Wi-Fi connection, access to Zoom or WhatsApp, and pen and paper.