Creative Writing in Witney – Autumn 2016

This ten week course will explain and explore the key skills essential to turn an exciting idea into a compelling piece of finished fiction. 

Each two hour session will run from 7.30pm to 9.30 pm on Thursday evenings. Classes will consist of a presentation on a particular aspect of creative writing, a break for tea/coffee and a biscuit , followed by a collaborative group exercise to get a practical feel for this particular element of writing.

A short writing or related exercise will be offered each week. Completing these is entirely voluntary. Individual feedback will be given on all work submitted.

Guest speakers will be local writers whose experience and insight into various other areas of writing and publishing will complement and expand on the course content.


15th September – Week One – Where do you get your ideas from?
Laying a firm foundation for a story.

22nd September – Week Two – Who are these people?
Creating characters your readers will really engage with.

29th September – Week Three – Where and when?
Creating a sense of place and atmosphere.

6th October – Week Four – guest speaker – Ben Jeapes

13th October – Week Five – Narrative voice.
Who’s telling this story and how to make them unique.

20th October – Week Six – Novel, novella, serial or short story?
Key differences and challenges.

27th October – Since this is Half Term which may mean complications over attendance for members with children in school, this week offers the opportunity for a social gathering, a round-table critique session, a ‘Book Club ‘ evening – or whatever else the group might like to do. 

3rd November – Week Seven – guest speaker – Mary Hoffman

10th November – Week Eight – The tools of the trade
Making every word on the page count.

17th November – Week Nine – Editing, the essential skill. Giving and taking criticism.
A first draft is only the first step.

24th November – Week Ten – The 21st Century Publishing Industry
How the book trade works and how to work with it.

The course fee, including all refreshments etc, is £250, payable in advance by 31st August 2016. 

There is an upper limit of 20 places. First come, first served!

To book a place, or for further information, email