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Advanced Writing Workshops 2021-2022

(Monthly from October 2021 to July 2022)


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 working at this 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. It also acts as a place where writers can meet regularly to discuss the creative process, share their enthusiasm for literature, swap information on publishing and inspire and energise each other.

All courses have their own interactive learning page on our website where writers can access course materials and submit work. The Writers’ Forum allows writers to communicate with each other, share work and communicate with their tutor.


Every month your group will meet to workshop work in progress and discuss and explore aspects of writing technique. The three-hour session will consist of group workshops, with three members submitting 5,000 words for constructive feedback each month, along with discussion and practical exercises, chosen by your tutor, on aspects of technique that have emerged during the workshopping process. The focus of the workshops will be on critiquing and discussing work in progress, particularly on the coherence and integrity of plot, structure and characterisation. As well as the opportunity to workshop longer pieces of work you will also have the opportunity to submit three extracts of 2,000 words of work in progress directly to your tutor for feedback and guidance. You will be encouraged to be supportive and critical readers of each other’s work. Between meetings, 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 explore routes into publishing for fiction, creative non-fiction and short stories. If you are working towards publication or seeking representation for a finished manuscript, Publishing Day is open to all students on the Creative Writing Programme. Fee for Publishing Day plus a one to one consultation: £50.


Key Facts

Programme length

One year in monthly sessions (3 hours) on Wednesday evenings 6pm-9pm


13 Oct, 17 Nov, 15 Dec, 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 16 Mar, 27 Apr, 25 May, 15 Jun, 13 July


Phoenix Art Space, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton

Entry requirements

Writers will need to submit a 2000 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, Dr Mark Slater at

Course tutors:

Dr Mark Slater (Director), Dr Hannah Vincent, Laura Wilkinson


£400 per annum (there is an additional fee of £50 fee for Publishing Day)




For further information on this course or our other programmes contact

Mark Slater