The Writers' Greenhouse

Creative writing courses in Oxford, UK


 
Meddling with Poetry: new course
Try out a variety of types of poetry and poetic approaches
FEB–MAR 2019
WED OR THURS
Meddling with Poetry: new course

For absolute beginners and experienced writers alike, this course will encourage you to meddle with poetry. We’ll explore the musicality of language, poetic imagery, and dozens of different forms, each of which allows you to play in a different way. Read more and book

Story Elements course
APR–JUL 2019
TUES OR THURS
Explore the structure and key elements of stories
Summer of Writing workshops
AUGUST 2019
SUMMER SATURDAYS
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Imaginary Worlds
OCT–NOV 2019
DAYS TBC
World-building to create or enrich your imaginary worlds.
Starting Points
2020
DATES TBC
An introduction to multiple forms of creative writing.

 

What you get on the courses & workshops

  • practical guidance and help with various aspects of writing
  • creative approaches for your own writing and activities to try ideas out – not formulae
  • real-life teaching & discussion, not online lessons or videos
  • small, personal classes: maximum 12 students, so I can give everyone personal attention
  • feedback on your writing: individual feedback on 3 2000-word assignments across the Story Elements course; 2 2000-word assignments on the Imaginary Worlds course and Starting Points course; 2 poetry assignments on the Poetry course
  • handy little booklets with a summary of each session's learning-points and activities (colour-coded, naturally!)
  • a wealth of original activities designed specifically for the courses and workshops to apply to your own writing
  • story plans: in the final class of the Story Elements course, we share out the "Plot Bank" so everyone leaves with rich, developed stories to work on and a sheaf of ideas; on the Imaginary Worlds course, you develop at least two stories with potential for a host more.
  • qualified, experienced teacher with 6000+ hours of teaching experience
  • grapes, biscuits, tea & coffee to sustain you while we work!

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What my students say

  • "The course is a pleasure week after week."
  • "I never expected the course to make me laugh. It's been fun, funny, far more helpful than I'd anticipated, very stimulating and really inspiring. Plus it's helped me take my writing more seriously."
  • "Really loving time spent with the group and the course is everything I expected and more."
  • "I love having people to speak to about writing and being able to speak to someone experienced in the field. Also, having a reason to write every week (rather than just for me) makes it easier to set time aside."
  • "Genuinely have had a fantastic and stimulating time on this course. I think the online description is very accurate - all the emphasis is on the creative process and not the painful writing bit - which becomes about capturing the ideas - very freeing!"
  • "I've really enjoyed the social aspect of the group, as it's the first time I've been able to socialise with people who are as interested in writing as I am."
  • "I have attended several writing workshops over the years and this one-day workshop was by far the most enjoyable and useful. "
  • "I can't recommend this course enough. Megan is a great teacher and the structure of the Story Elements course really gets into the important part of writing a novel - storytelling. "

Read more student feedback and Daily Info reviews here.

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Details

All courses are held in Wolvercote, Oxford. Parking is available & it's an easy bus route from town on the Number 6.

To book:

Email me to book your place or for more details.

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