Teaching Creative Writing

I have been teaching at Bristol Folk House for three years. My students have published a non-fiction book, been placed in competitions, had work accepted on BBC Radio Bristol Upload, gone on the courses at University of Bristol, set up writing groups, and returned to my classes.

It’s a privilege┬áto teach creative writing at Bristol Folk House.

I run a number of different courses there:

Introduction to Creative Writing – 10 or 12 week evening course

On this course, writers can play with words, find their strengths, and try out writing in different styles. I cover writing short stories, poems, blogs, memoir and also non-fiction pieces.

My approach is to provide my students with a tool-box they can use after the course is finished. I give them pointers for keeping creativity alive and burning inside them and tips for dealing with issues about finding their voice and keeping going.

One of the main tools I use is free writing. It’s a timed writing technique where you set aside time to write. The powerful act of committing ensures progress. Creating a regular pattern is important for writers. All artists practice and writing is no different.

Short Stories and Flash Fiction – 5 or 6 week daytime course

On these courses we focus on writing short stories, really gettting to grips with this genre, reading widely and sharing work with each other. Expect reading, lots of writing and supercharged fun.

The course starting on February 27th is full, withlots of past students enrolling again.

Day courses in Flash Fiction: 2nd May at Bristol Folk House. Enrolling soon

A high powered dash through all things flash

Half Day course on reading your work in public: Saturday 15th February 2020 – three spaces left

Do sign up via the Folk House.

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