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Creative Writing – an Introduction (Stage 1)

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


On this 10-week course, you’ll be taught the essential skills of creative writing – perfect if you’re an aspiring writer or if you’re prepping for a bigger writing project. You'll develop your skills across a range of forms, including flash fiction, short stories, novels, and poetry.

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What you need to know

Autumn 2024

Tuesday 8 October – 10 December 2024 (10 Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00)   

Spring term 2025

Tuesday 4 February – 8 April 2025 (10 Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00) 


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs 

You'll need to provide some basic study equipment. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Any additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes
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About this course

This 10-week course offers you the opportunity to discover and develop your writer’s voice through experimentation, risk-taking and group activities, all designed to help you write creative prose with flair and fluency, and to fire your imagination.

Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on creativity and all exercises will be hands-on. Each week you’ll explore a different aspect of writing: how to develop believable characters, write compelling dialogue, setting, show versus tell, plot and story, beginning, and more.

By the end of the course, you'll have mastered the basic tools to enhance your writing, whether as a novel, short story, film, stage, or television script. You'll receive ongoing constructive feedback from the tutor who is also willing to look at any other writing you do.

You'll be encouraged to write at home and to share your work with the group and receive feedback should you wish (it’s not compulsory).

  • Character
  • Dialogue
  • Plot
  • Genre
  • Finding your voice
  • Selling your work
  • Creative ways to write as a regular activity with prompts

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Feel confident in understanding and applying your knowledge to a range of different texts and genres
  • Be able to start writing independently, with thorough understanding of the elements of creative writing
  • Understand how to begin the writing process and motivating yourself to keep writing
  • Possess improved writing skills 
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there's no formal assessment. As the course progresses, your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback so you know how you're getting on.

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Meet your tutor

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Charlotte Fodor

Charlotte Grace Fodor is a writer, lecturer and essayist who's previously written for the UK’s highest-circulation newspaper...

Beyond the course

This could just be the start of your creative journey! After this course, you could further your writing skills with another short course or look to the future and explore our creative qualifications that can prepare you to further your current career, enable you to retrain to an alternative career path or prepare you for future creative arts studies.

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Why choose AUB for your short course?

We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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Reasons to study a short course

There are plenty of reasons to consider studying a creative short course. Perhaps you want to retrain, learn new skills, or just have fun...

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How to book

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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