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Creative Writing – An Introduction (Stage 1)

An opportunity for aspiring writers to develop techniques for unleashing their creative potential and for existing writers to refresh their creativity.

Course overview

2021 Dates

Summer term
Thursday 17 June - Thursday 19 August 2021

Autumn term
Tuesday 5 October – Tuesday 7 December 2021

2022 Dates

Spring term
Tuesday 25 January – Tuesday 29 March 2022


10 Thursday evenings 18.00-21.00
10 Tuesday evenings 18.00-21.00

Christine Aziz



Course details

Whether you are interested in writing novels, writing for TV and film, theatre, radio, or copywriting or blogs, there are many practical exercises which can help you find your own creative voice and develop your skills.

Students will examine and explore approaches methods for generating ideas, how to develop characters and how to set the scene using the five senses. You will understand how to let your characters speak for themselves and how dialogue can reveal character and move the story along.

Students will examine ways in which to form structure, plot, point of view and tense. Supported also, by examining different types of creative writing and how and where to submit work for possible publication.

Supported with discussions, individual and group exercises in class, you will be encouraged to write at home and to share your work with the group to gain feedback should you wish. (It’s not compulsory!)

Studying many elements of creative writing, such as:

  • Character
  • Dialogue
  • Plot
  • Genre
  • Finding your voice
  • Working methods
  • Selling your work

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Christine Aziz

In October 2005, Christine’s first novel, The Olive Readers won the biggest publishing award in the UK and was published by Macmillan.

To develop creative writing skills in a number of genres and to discover and experience creative ways in which to get writing and keep writing.

To explore processes that offer inspiration and enjoyment.

An appreciation and understanding of different texts and genres

To understand how to begin the writing process

To provide a thorough understanding of writing for different settings

Build confidence in all styles of writing

Boost enjoyment of writing

  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

There are no academic requirements. This course focuses far more on creativity than academia. (You won’t be judged or marked!) However, the course is perhaps not best suited for anyone with only a basic level of the English language.

All course materials are provided.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

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