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*Next block starts on Friday 9 June for six weeks* 

An introduction to creative writing for beginners with Mel Parks. We will look at the writing process, character, language, setting and point of view using prompts, games, exercises and examples from poetry and prose.

This course is for you if you:

– have always wanted to write but don’t know where to start
– have been scribbling in a notebook and wonder if these ideas could turn into something else
– could do with some help bringing your writing alive.

I will share techniques, tools and tips to help:

– your writing flow
– bring your writing alive
– create a writing habit
– you understand what works well in a piece of writing
– experiment with language
– you feel part of a writing community.

There will be plenty of:

– fun exercises, writing together and reading out (if you feel comfortable)
– suggestions of things to try inbetween the weekly sessions
– a toolkit of ideas, resources and exercises you can return to when the course ends
– gentle guidance as you gain confidence in your writing
– tea and coffee to keep those words flowing.

What to bring:

Paper, pens and a willingness to try new things.


The course takes place on Friday mornings between 10 and 12. This outline is a guide – the course will be tailored to suit the participants.

Week 1: Play with Language 
Using all the senses and imagery to bring your writing alive.

Week 2: Creating Characters 
How to write believable characters, giving them a voice and taking inspiration from real people.

Week 3: Building the world 
Describing and using place and setting as inspiration.

Week 4: Point of view
Choosing between first, second and third person and why it’s important. Showing not telling.

Week 5: Bringing it all together 
What’s next, sharing writing from previous weeks, and keeping going.

If there’s anything you’d like to learn and don’t see covered here, just let me know.


To book a place, click this link to Eventbrite. If you’d rather not book with Eventbrite or you’d prefer to pay in instalments,  get in touch and we’ll make other arrangements.