Courses on the 2nd Year of the Creative Writing Programme 2019-2020
(One year. One morning a week for 25 weeks per year)

C.W.P. in collaboration with New Writing South

There are limited places available on the second year of the Creative Writing Programme in 2019-20. You would be joining a group of writers who have already spent a year working together developing their work. If you have had some experience of working in writing groups, have done short courses at university level or are working on a novel or collection of short stories these courses will help you to focus and develop your work in progress.


You will learn about characterisation, dialogue and the ‘world of the story’, plot and story structure and you will explore the complex and dynamic relationship between your characters, your story and your reader. Throughout the year you will explore further aspects of narrative construction, including managing and researching longer narratives, ways of heightening tension and conflict and story resolution. You will be encouraged to read as a writer and will be shown ways in which you can develop and hone your critical and editing skills. In the writing workshops you will share, discuss and evaluate your work with the other writers in your writing group.

By the end the year you will have significantly increased your understanding of how to write good fiction, have developed a substantial body of work and have either finished your writing project or be in a position to bring it to completion.

The courses are delivered through weekly seminars in which you will develop your writing technique through practical exercises, readings, discussion of published work and group discussions led by your tutor on different aspects of the writing process. The courses are supported by an interactive learning site where you will have access to notes and summaries of seminars and exercises and a Writer’s Forum in which you can post your work, read the work of other writers in your group, share information about events and contact your tutor.

Over the course of the year you will have occasional Weekend Schools, one-to-one tutorials with your tutor and at the end of the year there will be an opportunity to discuss your work with a publishing professional.

What these courses will do for you

These courses will develop your confidence and ability as a writer. Through discussion and experimentation, in practical work guided by your tutor, you will learn how to improve the quality of your writing; develop your creative and critical skills; organise and manage your work and develop a strong individual style.

These are ideal courses for writers who are working on a novel, a collection of short stories or a challenging piece of prose and are looking for structure, encouragement and feedback to help them achieve this.

 Jess’s perspective

‘I’d been secretly writing short stories for years but lacked the confidence to show anyone else my work. The creative writing programme is ideal for developing confidence – it’s a combination of giving and receiving feedback from peers, great tutors with fantastic writing exercises, knowledge of theory, technique, and the publishing industry. My tutor, encouraged me to send off stories in the first term, and as a result I ended up with seven short stories in print in different publications. By the end of the programme I had almost completed my novel Snake Ropes. Through the Agents and Publishers Day on the programme I met an agent who liked my work. I now have a two-book deal with Sceptre and Snake Ropes was published in May of this year.

If I’d been asked a couple of months before starting the course if I’d ever feel able to write a novel, I’d have said no. Doing the Creative Writing Programme really helped me to realise my potential.

Jess Richards


Course three: Story Structure 

Autumn Term 2019

10 weekly writing seminars (Autumn Term), individual tutorial and Weekend School (December).

In this course you will explore a number of ‘classic’ plots and different approaches to narrative structure and consider the ways they can be utilised within different genres. You will consider the key turning points in the structure of a story; the importance of beginnings, middles and endings and transitional scenes in narrative; further ways of generating tension and conflict to create narrative drive and hold your reader’s attention; ways of focusing and connecting your writing to increase coherence and resonance and ways of managing the writing process so the narrative arc you create fully realises the story’s potential. You will also continue to make progress on your writing project and will give and receive criticism of your own and other's work in progress. At the end of this term, you will submit work to your tutor for a written critical appraisal and will have a tutorial with them in January 2020.

Course four: Writing Workshops 

Spring and Summer Terms 2020

15 weekly writing seminars, plus Publishing Day.

This part of the course is designed to offer you further insights into writing technique especially in the drafting and re-drafting of texts. It will focus on the structural editing of key scenes as well as developing your editing skills and appreciation of sentence and paragraph construction. In the second part of the course, the writing workshops, you will focus your attention on critical appraisal of the writing process, both on the level of prose and the level of story. In this final part of the programme there will be a series of writing workshops in which longer pieces of work, written by you and other writers in your group, will be read and discussed. You will have the opportunity to discuss your work at the end of the course with a literary agent and will submit a final long piece of work to your tutor for written critical feedback.

Key facts

Times: Brighton: Monday 10-12.30am, Monday 6.30-9pm, Wednesday 10-12.30am. Hastings: Tuesday 10-12.30am
Dates: Autumn: 30th September to 15th December 2019. Spring: 6th January to 22nd March 2020. Summer: 20th April to 24th May 2019.
Venue: The Writers’ Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton or Sussex Coast College, Hastings
Entry requirements: Please contact Mark Slater the programme director to make an application to the second year. You will need to be working on a writing project and have previous experience of working in writing groups at this level.
Programme tutors: Dr Mark Slater (director), Dr Beth Miller, Christine Harmar-Brown, Umi Sinha, Catherine Smith, Susannah Waters, Rosie Chard, Lizzie Enfield
Fee: £995 per annum (Fees can be paid in full or in instalments over the year)

For further information on this programme or any other courses contact  
Mark Slater
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For enrolment details contact
New Writing South
9 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT
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