This 10 week distance learning beginners course can be completed in your own time. The materials and course were built from evening courses I’d run when lecturing at Blackburn. There are examples of writing and we provide unique and lively tasks to get you looking at the world more creatively – and get you writing fiction.
A good start if you’re new to writing and want to learn a few basics before coming to our workshops!
Price: usually £15, now £10
Any questions, just ask!
Creative writing: complete beginners – self study
This self-study course is for complete beginners and is an expanded version of our textbook, Creative Writing for Creative People: Beginners. It includes additional exercises, examples and tutor comments to help you through the course. There is an end of course task that will get you working towards a goal for the remainder of the course, putting into practice what you have learned so far. The course is designed to aid complete beginners to Creative Writing, or to provide a quick refresher or sampler for those who are not quite ready to start one of our tutored courses. Course materials are sent as a PDF document, or you can study online, depending on your preference.
Week 1 – Freewriting
Week 2 – Keeping a journal and starting to look
Week 3 – Effective Critiquing and Redrafting
Week 4 – Writing from Life
Week 5 – Creating Character
Week 6 – Dialogue
Week 7 – Short stories, opening lines and plot
Week 8 – End of course task and poetry
Week 9 – Script
Week 10 – Where to go from here…
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‘Very clear and interesting resources. Sarah Dobbs also chooses a range of very stimulating examples of flash fiction. She returns work with very detailed and helpful comments very quickly. Excellent value.’
Peter, flash fiction course, online
‘I have a found a focus and direction with my writing by learning many new techniques. Great teacher! Great feedback!’
Alice, intermediate online, workshops, Manchester city centre
‘This course has given me new ways of thinking about writing and has a very practical focus – some great tools to try out and different approaches. Only a small class (5) so lots of opportunity for feedback on one’s writing.’
Claire, Path to Publication, Manchester City Centre
‘My creative writing skills have greatly improved after the course, and I would definitely recommend to anyone interested!’
Summeya, student (Beginners face to face and online)
‘I attended a four-week advanced short story course with Sarah Dobbs and I learnt many techniques for editing and finishing stories. CW the Artists Way have also helped with my novel both structurally and in line-by-line suggestions. There is nothing better than the expert advice of a practitioner who has developed skills in editing and teaching by writing.’
John, Writer (Advanced face to face and manuscript appraisal)
As a beginner in Creative Writing, I am very please with this course it gives you the right insight/skills you need to get started. Best of all, it stretches and challenges you so that you can define your own writing style.’
Shazia, student (Beginners face to face – intermediate online)
‘Thank you for your feedback and comments and advice. This afternoon I have read your advice three times and each time it was like a lightbulb going on in my head.’
Pauline, manuscript appraisal