2021: Celebrating The Writers' Greenhouse 10 YEAR anniversary!
The Writers' Greenhouse
2021: Celebrating The Writers' Greenhouse 10 YEAR anniversary!
Starting Points: an introduction to multiple forms of creative writing

 

Explore multiple forms of creative writing and ways to feed your creativity across an 8-week evening course.

Booking deadline: 21 September 2021

Given the ongoing uncertainty around the Delta variant, this course is running online only.

Everyone is allowed to do creative writing – this is something humans do and it's open to everyone. Likewise, all types of writing belong to everyone: stories, poems, very short 'flash' fiction, bits of memoir, experimental writing - it's all your playground and it all belongs to you. This eight-week course offers multiple starting points into creative writing and the many shapes it can take, writing technique to make it better and more fun, and lots of lovely creative practice.

Imagine your life is a building, and there's a whole WING of the building that you don't know exists, or which you only visit one room of, and then you open the door to that wing and there are corridors everywhere, gleaming floors, shafts of sunlight through unexpected windows, and so many doors, so many rooms to explore... That's the aim of this course: to fling open all the doors.

  • Eight-week course for adults, one evening a week, 7pm–9:30pm
  • £275 total, payable in instalments
  • All levels welcome: all my courses and workshops cater for a range of experience, from beginners to published writers
  • Tuesdays 7pmĖ9:30pm, 5 Oct – 23 Nov 2021
  • Online with posted materials, open to bookings from anywhere in the UK

Booking deadline: Tues 21 September

Bookings close on Tuesday 21 September 2021, two weeks before the course starts, so I can send out your starter packs. Email me for a booking form

Course overview

What the course covers

  • a variety of forms: the different shapes writing can take - try your hand at stories, flash fiction, memoir, experimental fiction, free verse, and poetry forms such as haikus or sonnets
  • developing writing skills: techniques and craft that make writing better and more fun, from the ingredients for a scene to using more tangible imagery and stronger words to the musicality of language
  • exploring creativity: exploring what increases your creativity or shuts it down, many different places to find ideas, how to let ideas germinate and how to grow them, and creative practices that improve your creativity while making your life a more fun place to be. This is the path of joy. (You can read more about this aspect of the course here.)

Who's it for?

The course is designed with beginners in mind, and equally open to writers who'd like to explore fresh avenues and forms.

  • people who want to try creative writing but don't know where to start
  • people who used to enjoy creative writing but were told they couldn't, or shouldn't, or have let it lie fallow a long time
  • people who're already writing but want to play with other forms and explore their writing creativity more widely
  • people who want a creativity boost

Weekly topics

1 Playing with the alphabet & the art of play

2 Short stories & the ingredients of a plot

3 Scenes & memoir & writing description

4 Free-verse poetry & tangible language

5 Genres & how to redraft

6 Flash fiction & haiku & giving the reader space

7 Free-writing & letting ideas brew

8 Poetry forms & the music of language

Each week also introduces...

  • a starting point – different things to use as a source of ideas
  • a writing maxim – helpful sayings to keep hold of
  • a creative activity voucher – something to nurture your creativity by making your life more relaxing, more fun, and more interesting

 

Questions? Have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions, and email me if there's anything else you'd like to know.

To book, email me at megan@thewritersgreenhouse.co.uk

Reviews of Starting Points

These reviews come from the Daily Info, where you can also read reviews of the other courses and workshops.

I attended the Starting Points course in March 2020, and it exceeded all my (already high) expectations. Megan is a brilliant teacher - reassuring, motivating and fun, and she creates a welcoming environment in which it's clear that all levels are genuinely welcome. It's also pretty remarkable that the course was able to seamlessly shift into online delivery (thank you, pandemic), without leaving me feeling that I'd missed out in any way. I hesitated for a long time before booking onto Megan's course, and I now have no idea why. If you're at all apprehensive or nervous (as I was) I suggest you just go for it - you definitely won't regret it!

Anna 23 Apr 2020

This is an excellent course that is well worth the money. I have quite complex disabilities but could not fault Megan in the effort she made to accommodate me. This course has a good balance of actual writing skills and methods of enhancing your creativity and has finally got me properly writing instead of just making random notes in book. I would definitely recommend it and will be returning for further courses in the future. Even though its an 8 week course Megan also helps you to continue writing after that with all the free prompts on her website and she helps you to connect with other writers.

jpluy 14 Apr 2020

Megan is one of the best tutors I have come across. She makes the classes interactive, fun and they offer great learning thus stimulating your own creative juices.

Since the lockdown and classes continuing electronically Megan has continued to provide materials for us to keep focused if we choose.

Thank you Megan for the chance to understand a little more about the world of writing. Look forward to another course sometime soon.

SuzanB 14 Apr 2020

Megan is a wise, knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. Her venue is lovely, the atmosphere is lively, and itís great meeting a diverse group other writers.

Iím a big fan of Meganís courses and have done others already. They were so good that I figured this probably would be too - and it was.

The course was exactly the way it was described on Meganís website. Itís an assortment of exercises and tasters of a wide range of types and methods of writing, tied loosely together by the theme of creativity. Itís less systematic and sequential than the other courses and some things were more relevant to my own writing than others, but that was expected given the diversity of topics.

The classes are fast-paced and interactive. Lots of fairly short activities. Lots of discussion. Lots of stimulating ideas. Lots of different exercises to suit different learning styles.

We moved online for the last couple of sessions because of the coronavirus and Megan did a brilliant job of adapting the course for this, organising classes on Zoom (and a tutorial on how to use it) and mailing out worksheets etc.

Benjamin 14 Apr 2020

This was such a fantastic course from a passionate and inspirational teacher. I was a little apprehensive at first as writing can be so personal but Megan put everyone at ease right from the start. There's so much excellent content but still a lot of time to practice what you learn, and tasks to complete at home between lessons. This was one of the best courses I've ever taken and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it anyone thinking about taking their first steps into creative writing.

Ben 14 Apr 2020

I cannot rate this course/workshop highly enough or Megan as a teacher. It started as a face to face group of 12 at Megan's house and due to current COVID19 restrictions transitioned smoothly to online with very little fuss but no less enjoyment.

As someone new to creative writing and therefore very nervous, I found Megan to be, kind, encouraging, incredibly knowledgeable, and most importantly fun. She put us at our ease and no question was too stupid to ask.

You did not need to know technical terms, have read all the classics or ever written creatively before. I'd say just inquisitiveness and a love of words required. Although really appreciating notebooks helps. The course is set up in such a way that you are prompted to be creative almost without noticing. Tasks are set for outside of class, which was no hardship, and helped me see my place in the world very differently.

I highly recommend. If you have ever had an inkling or a sliver of a thought that you might, perhaps one day, maybe write something, then this is the place for you.

Manoo 14 Apr 2020

Just finished the Starting Points course with Megan Kerr. Her course came recommended to me and I now recommend it wholeheartedly to you. Lively and perceptive, Megan delivers a friendly and lively course, and, unphased by the current social distancing protocols, she moved seamlessly to on-line sessions, which were just as successful. Thinking of starting to write - start here!

Older not wiser 3 Apr 2020

I took Megan's Starting Points course in Oct-Nov and Meddling with Poetry in Feb-Mar 2019 and both were wonderful. Each class is well thought out, well resourced, fun, practical, engaging and social in a creative, cosy environment. All led by Megan, knowledgeable and ever-encouraging. In all courses there are opportunities to give and receive feedback on your writing which is incredibly valuable.

Each lesson is designed to spark inspiration and creativity in various ways, and they succeed. I miss being there each week and I suppose others do too as so many people attend course after course.

Starting Points was perfect for me, a person with will but no direction - an introduction into various writing forms and creative activities to keep you writing forever.

Meddling with Poetry was running for the first time ever when I joined. I hadn't really written any poetry since school but I never felt discouraged. The message was just to keep on writing, playing, observing and enjoying language.

I would recommend any of Megan's courses to anyone at any level of writing ability.

JK 30 Apr 2019

I took the Starting Points course. It was such a treat to spend an evening a week creatively exploring one or two aspects of writing. I signed up to dislodge some of the crust on my writing practice, to open up a few new perspectives, and have fun trying some new things. Megan's course delivered on all counts: light-hearted yet serious, well-paced as well as relaxed, depth of content plus plenty of frivolity, fairy lights, and laughter. There was room to get to know other participants a little bit, share some work, and also focus on an unfolding personal creative process.

The course is really packed with material and activities yet the evening does fly by all too quickly. Megan is great at creating, holding, and motivating the space for people at multiple levels simultaneously-- she is right that this course works equally well for beginning writers and those with more experience. She structures 'homework' activities so as to help you bring creative practices into your life as habits in a persisting way. I wholeheartedly recommend The Writer's Greenhouse & hope to take another course in the future.

fw 14 Dec 2017

I attended the 8 week creative writing course Starting Points this autumn. It was fantastic! I haven't done any regular creative writing in over 10 years and wasn't sure what to expect. Maybe I imagined the process to be serious, hard work and instructive, which would be helpful and interesting, but I hadn't anticipated how much fun it would be, or how vibrant the people on the course I would meet were. Megan is a dynamic teacher with plenty of ways to help you improve your writing but her real skill is making the whole process inviting, fulfilling and fun which allows all the information, hard work and learning to happen painlessly.

Each week focused on a different starting point and includes things like genres, flash fiction, poetry, ingredients for a plot and so forth. This meant that we were exposed to a wide variety of types of creative writing and I learnt about forms I didn't know were recognised. It was a wonderful opportunity to experiment with styles and forms of writing that you would normally avoid or hadn't previously considered. I enjoyed the chance to practice free writing and explore poetry-things that I had not paid attention to before. This course really was a great starting point that has got me writing again.

I attended the course after a prolonged period of ill health, advised Megan that I was still recovering and was not sure how good my stamina would be. I found her to be extremely thoughtful and considerate of my needs. Therefore, don't let health concerns deter you from finding out if the course is suitable for you!

RD 14 Dec 2017

Iíve just completed the Creative Writing Starting Points course which I found very helpful and enjoyable. I was very nervous about going, whether I wrote well enough to participate and the possibility of getting confidence-crushing criticism. I actually sat in the car before the first lesson wondering if I was brave enough to go in. (Heart of a lion, this oneÖ) I had been put off other courses demanding to know if I was SERIOUS about my writing and ready to work HARD? Quite honestly, no, because I have a full-time job and a young family. I am SO glad I went that first week, and every week since. Megan is a fantastic teacher, the atmosphere is friendly, uncompetitive and fun. Feedback is constructive. Week after week Iíd leave the class with others, all of us commenting on how quickly the time had gone. Iíve learned a lot, and am determined to keep writing regularly. This course really has opened a door!

Sal 5 Dec 2017

To book

Email megan@thewritersgreenhouse.co.uk for a booking form.

When

Tuesdays 7pm–9:30pm
5 Oct – 23 Nov 2021

Where

Online with posted materials, open to anywhere in the UK

Cost

£275 total for 8 weeks, payable in instalments with a £75 deposit

To book

Email me for a booking form.

 

 

 

 

 

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