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Advanced Writing Workshops 2020-2021

(Monthly from October 2020 to July 2021)

CWP in collaboration with New Writing South

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.


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 2021 you will be able to attend Publishing Day, where you can find out how to secure representation and talk to publishing professionals about your work.

Key Facts

Programme length

One year in monthly sessions

Dates (Please join one group from the list below)

AWW 1, Saturdays 10am to 1pm: 10th Oct, 14th Nov, 12th Dec, 9th Jan, 13th Feb, 13th Mar, 10th Apr, 8th May, 12th June, 10th July. (The Writers’ Place, Brighton)

AWW 2, Saturdays 10am to 1pm: 17th Oct, 21st Nov, 19th Dec, 16th Jan, 20th Feb, 20th Mar, 17th Apr, 22nd May, 19th June, 17th July. (The Writers’ Place, Brighton)

AWW 3, Saturdays 10am to 1pm: 17th Oct, 21st Nov, 19th Dec, 16th Jan, 20th Feb, 20th Mar, 17th Apr, 22nd May, 19th June, 17th July. (This group will initially meet online and will be taught from Sussex Coast College from Spring 2021)


The Writers’ Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton

Online and at Sussex Coast College, Hastings

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, Umi Sinha


£400 per annum (plus optional £50 fee if you attend Publishing Day

In the event of a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic and/or any restrictions on social gatherings, courses will be taught via Zoom (a video conferencing platform) for the duration of the restrictions.

All tutors on the Creative Writing Programme have experience of teaching online and we have a secure and stable system for providing this service built into our website. You will need to ensure you have access to a computer/laptop connected to the internet with a video camera (most modern computers have one built in).

If we do need to move teaching to Zoom temporarily, you will be given a simple step by step guide to accessing the Zoom platform and advice and support from our tutors and IT staff. Moving classes online will not have any significant effect on the structure or content of your class.


For further information on this course or our other programmes contact

Mark Slater

For enrolment details contact
New Writing South
9 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT
t: 01273 735353