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Creative Writing for Improvers Short Course

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Course information

Why do this course?

This 11-week evening course is for those with some creative writing experience who would like to explore the craft in more depth.

Course description

Each week we'll look at one aspect of writing prose fiction such as introducing character, plot, point of view, metaphor and style, showing not telling, and genre. We'll do writing exercises in class and discuss writerly technique through the analysis of short stories and novel extracts.

You'll have the opportunity to workshop your writing once or twice during the 11 weeks to receive feedback from your peers and tutor.

What will you take away?

You'll be given a dossier of short stories and novel excerpts at the start of the course.


This course is ideal for those who have already done a beginners course and are looking for the next step.

What to bring

A notebook and pencil.

Course tutor

Martin Ouvry

Martin Ouvry worked as a musician in Europe and America before studying English and Creative Writing at UEA. His fiction has been published in various anthologies and magazines, among them New Writing, A Little Nest of Pedagogues (in dual English and Chinese texts), The London Magazine and Esquire. His story 'Forget-Me-Not' was longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines. His play, 'Shakespeare: the Puppet Show', ran throughout the V&A's Shakespeare Festival in April 2014.

Awards include a final year prize for outstanding achievement (UEA, BA), the Alumni Association Prize for Fiction (UEA, MA), an Arts Council Writer's Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Wingate Scholarship. Martin has taught creative writing for the Arts Council England, the British Council, Kingston University, City, University of London, and UEA. He has reviewed books for the Sunday Times, the FT and the Observer. He is writing a novel with the generous support of Arts Council England.

'I would struggle to find a writer of comparable talent in Martin's generation.' Lee Brackstone, Creative Director, Faber & Faber

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Booking information

Dates for open courses currently available will be listed in the table at the top of this page with a "Book now" link that will direct you to our payment website. If no dates are shown and you would like to register your interest for future dates for this course please contact us.

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