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Creative writing courses in Oxford, UK

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Story Elements course for anyone writing or planning to write a novel

Story Elements course 12-week evening course to develop and explore the elements of story building. Practical, creative, and inspiring. Starts Tues 27 Sept

Novel-writing follow-on course for students who've completed the Story Elements course

Follow-on course Ongoing fortnightly classes for students who've completed the Story Elements course & want ongoing feedback & development. More info

What you get on the courses

  • 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 8 students, so I can give everyone personal attention
  • feedback on your writing: individual feedback on 3 2000-word assignments across the 12-week course, monthly feedback on up to 3000 words on the follow-on course
  • handy little booklets with a summary of each session's learning-points and activities (colour-coded, naturally!) on the 12-week course & workshops
  • a wealth of original activities designed specifically for the courses and workshops to apply to your own writing
  • a sheaf of story plans: in the final class of the 12-week course, we share out the "Plot Bank" so everyone leaves with rich, developed stories to work on
  • qualified, experienced teacher with 6000+ hours of teaching experience
  • grapes, biscuits, tea & coffee to sustain you while we work!

Email for more info or to book a place.

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.


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.

Story Elements course

1 evening a week for 12 weeks, 7pm – 9:30 pm. £320 for 12 sessions, payable in instalments.

  • Tuesdays 12 Jan – 29 March 2016
  • Thursdays 21 April – 7 July 2016
  • Tuesdays 27 Sept – 13 Dec 2016

Summer of Writing workshops

Saturdays in August, 10am – 4 pm (unless the voting goes otherwise). The form to vote for your workshops will be up until mid-April, then I'll put up the final selection for people to book.

Follow-on course

1 evening a fortnight, in sessions of 6, ongoing. £180 for 6 sessions, payable in instalments.

  • Wednesdays 20 Jan – 30 March 2016
  • Wednesdays 20 Apr – 27 June 2016
  • Wednesdays 28 Sept – 7 Dec 2016

What next?

Story Elements course

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