Creative Writing

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Course code: PL2124F

This friendly creative writing group will explore how you can improve your writing style with like-minded individuals.

When and where


From 11 Jan 2024 to 21 Mar 2024
Thu 10:00-12:00

10 weeks

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11 Jan 2024

10:00 to 12:00

18 Jan 2024

10:00 to 12:00

25 Jan 2024

10:00 to 12:00

01 Feb 2024

10:00 to 12:00

08 Feb 2024

10:00 to 12:00

22 Feb 2024

10:00 to 12:00

29 Feb 2024

10:00 to 12:00

07 Mar 2024

10:00 to 12:00

14 Mar 2024

10:00 to 12:00

21 Mar 2024

10:00 to 12:00


Online learning 

BH15 1SY


Fees and concessions

The fee for this course is £130.00.

The full (undiscounted) tuition fee for this course is £130.00, the concession rate is £65.00.


Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

01202 123444

What the course is about

<p>During this course you will receive both group and individual support in order to support you improve your writing.</p>

<p>Topics that may be covered include:</p>

<li>Having fun with short written exercises to get ‘creativity jump’ started.</li>
<li>Developing credible characters using simple, inspirational activities.</li>
<li>Exploring the use of the senses as a starting point for drawing readers into short stories, novels, poems and plays.</li>
<li>Learning how the setting can influence the mood and pace of a writing piece.</li>
<li>Investigating the idea of planning a writing piece, using research techniques.</li>
<li>Exploring the fundamentals of what constitutes a well-structured writing piece in the genre of your choice.</li>
<li>Learning how to create ‘the hook’ and how to keep the reader interested.</li>
<li>Using the ‘Story Mountain’, ‘Snowflake Method’ or ‘Mind Maps’, to improve your ability to organise your work.</li>
<li>Delving into the concept of ‘Show don’t Tell’ and assess its effectiveness in your own writing.</li>
<li>Discovering some writing techniques and devices you can introduce to enhance your work.</li>

<p>All our courses are made up of elements of speaking & listening, reading and writing, and you will work using these elements throughout the course.</p>

<p>Some of the skills you gain on this course could help increase your opportunities for employment or working within the community. Learning takes place in a friendly classroom setting, which is a great place for social interaction and helping you meet new people.</p>

<p>Practice at home and completion of homework is advisable to enhance your learning experience.</p>

<p>This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.</p>

Pre-course information session or interview

<p>There are no Pre-course information sessions or interviews in order to enrol on this course.</p>

<p>Please ensure you have read and understood our STEPS guidance in order to accurately enrol upon the correct level course for you.</p>

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

<p>Your tutor will work with you to develop a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will help you review your progress towards achieving your goals during the course.</p>

<p>There is no qualification or examination attached to this course.</p>

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

<p>This is a group open to all levels although some writing experience would be beneficial. However, enthusiasm and willingness to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in will outweigh anything you may or may not have done before.</p>

Materials and costs

<p>You will need a notebook, pen and A4 folder.<br />
During the first session your tutor may discuss additional materials to bring along, if possible.</p>

Next Step

<p>Following the successful completion of this course, you may want to continue speak to your tutor about potential options.<br />
Other courses at the next level may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.</p>

Additional information

<p><b>English, maths and computing skills:</b> all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.<br />
<br><b>Refunds:</b> please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website <a href=&#34;;></a> or in our brochure.<br />
<br><b>Attendance:</b> before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible<br />
<br><b>Places on courses:</b> some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from the taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner and you will not be eligible to a refund it its outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy. <br />
<br><b>Fully funded learners:</b> if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.<br />
 <br><b>Home study:</b> you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.<br />
<br><b>Qualification Levels:</b> there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses will have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.<br />
<br><b>Proof of identity:</b> please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.<br />
<br><b>Off-site activities:</b> with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.<br />
<br><b>Parking at Centres:</b> parking at centres may be limited, please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website <a href=&#34;;></a>.<br />
<br><b>Refreshments:</b> tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website <a href=&#34;;></a>.<br />
<br><b>Unspent Criminal Convictions</b> we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to <a href=&#34;;></a>.<br />
<br>If you have any <b>accessibility or disability issues</b> that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course please contact: 01202 262300 or 01305 819059 or e-mail <a></a>. All enquiries are treated in confidence.<br />