Beginners Creative Writing Class

With Helen Jukes. Starting 10/01/2023

Our Online Beginners Creative Writing Class is suitable for complete beginners and no writing experience is required. It’s also suitable for individuals who haven’t written anything for a while and who would like to get back into creative writing and a routine.

DURATION: 6 weeks

Start Date: January 10th, 2023 – 2 places remaining

Our beginners classes are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Places are strictly limited to 10 participants. You don’t have to be based in the US to take the class. We accept students from around the world!

The main thing is to free up your imagination and above all have fun!

This creative writing class fits in with a student’s schedule. You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. Instead, the class is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever it suits you. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback. You’ll find out more about how the online classes work here.

Please note that this is a class for adults. If you’re under 18, check out our writing for teenagers classes.

The tutor will email you on the class start date with your first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

Week One – Starting To Write

What propels you to put pen to paper? How do you generate ideas? We’ll try a variety of exercises to free you up creatively, and give you the confidence to put pen to paper.

Week Two – Character

What do we mean by character? This week we’ll use all our powers of observation to bring people to life through writing.

Week Three – Setting

How does setting help tell a story, and why is it important? We’ll look at the role played by place and the environment when writing compelling fiction.

Week Four – Dialogue

How to write good dialogue? We’ll experiment with a variety of techniques to help you write succinct and enlivening dialogue that will hold your reader’s interest.

Week Five – Plot

How to plan and structure a narrative? This week we’ll take the long view, looking at how attention to plot can help build a convincing story.

Week Six – The Editing Process

Coming back to your work and redrafting is a skill in itself. We’ll look at how to approach that challenge, where to focus your energies, and how to better know yourself as a writer.

‘I found the exercises interesting and thought provoking – most enjoyable – and the feedback Helen has given me each week has been very constructive and really encouraging.  I would highly recommend this course whether you want to improve your creative skills or you just want to try your hand at something different.’ Lorraine.

‘My course with Creative Writing Ink has been so much fun and has helped me to set in place really good foundations for a disciplined daily writing practice. The feedback I have received each week from Helen has been so kind, supportive and encouraging with lots of guidance on how I can develop my work further. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.’ Sarah.

If you have any further queries, you can check out Frequently Asked Questions or How it Works.

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

About The Tutor

Helen Jukes is a writer and writing tutor. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Port Magazine, Aeon, The Clearing, Caught by the River, and others. Her first book, A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings, is published in the UK and Europe, North America and Australia. It was listed as a Book of the Year by Landlines Nature, Five Books and Glamour UK, Book of the Month in BBC Countryfile, and Book of the Week at the London Review of Books.  As a tutor, Helen has led courses and workshops on fiction and memoir, place writing and nature writing for the National Writing Centre of Wales, the Wordsworth Trust, Writing East Midlands, Freedom from Torture, Crisis UK, and HM Prison Service. She currently teaches on the Creative Writing programme at the University of Oxford, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Nottingham.

 

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Course Details

  • Start Date: 10/01/2023
  • Duration: 6 Weeks
  • Price: 190 USD