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Advanced Writing Workshops 2024-2025

(Monthly from October 2024 to July 2025)

Payment links are at the bottom of this page


This higher-level course has been designed for writers who have completed either the Creative Writing Programme, an undergraduate or a masters programme in creative writing, or who have work in progress and can show they are capable of discussing the creative process and participating in workshops at an advanced level.

The aim of this course is:

  • to provide a forum for writers who are committed to finishing novels or collections of short stories and who are looking for a critical and supportive audience for their work in progress.
  • to act as a place where writers can meet regularly to discuss the creative process and inspire and energise each other.

All courses have their own interactive learning page on our website where writers can communicate, access course materials and submit work.


Every month your group will meet to:

  • workshop work in progress and discuss aspects of writing technique.
  • take part in a three-hour session which will consist of group workshops, with three members submitting 5,000 words for constructive feedback each month.
  • critique and discuss work in progress, particularly the coherence and integrity of plot, structure and characterisation.

As well as the opportunity to workshop longer pieces of work, you will be able to submit three extracts of 2,000 directly to your tutor for feedback and guidance.

Your tutor may, from time to time, introduce practical exercises on aspects of technique that have been discussed during the workshopping process.

You will be encouraged to be supportive and critical readers of each other’s work.

You will be able to share work, information about events and books and raise questions about writing technique with other writers in the group through the interactive webpage for the course on the Creative Writing Programme website

In May of each year the Creative Writing Programme runs a Publishing Day, where you can discuss routes into publishing for fiction, life writing and short stories with publishing professionals. If you are working towards publication or seeking representation for a finished manuscript, Publishing Day is open to all students on our courses. The date, time and fee for Publishing Day will made available after the course starts.


Key Facts

Programme length

Once a month for ten months on Wednesday evenings 6pm-9pm. Maximum group size 12


9th October, 13th November, 11th December 2024, 8th January, 12th February, 12th March, 16th April, 15th May, 11th June and 9th July 2025


Kemptown Bookshop, 91 St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1EE

Entry requirements

Writers will need to submit a 2,000 word extract (with a short synopsis where necessary) along with a covering letter identifying relevant experience of working in writing groups, listing any publications and offering a brief outline of their writing project.

This application should be emailed to the programme director, Cathy Hayward at cathy@creativewritingprogramme.org.uk

Course tutor:

Laura Wilkinson


£600 + VAT (Total £720)

There is an additional fee for Publishing Day plus additional fees for any masterclasses or short courses you may choose to attend to complement the course. You will also be able to attend our free online and in-person student and alumni readings, which take place five times a year.

You will be sent a link to our enrolment page after your application has been processed



Please ensure you have read our Terms and Conditions. For further information on this course or our other programmes contact

Cathy Hayward

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