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Creative Writing – the Next Chapter (Stage 2)

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


This intermediate 10-week course allows you to explore specific writing techniques and is perfect for aspiring writers to take the step from beginner to experienced.

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What you need to know

Spring term 2025

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


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


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

Experience or qualifications required 

You should possess some creative writing knowledge or experience in order to benefit the most from this course. Ideally, you’ll have previously completed Creative Writing – an Introduction (Stage 1).

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 writing equipment or a laptop. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase one for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.   

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

  • Laptop (to work on; optional)
  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes 
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About this course

On this 10-week intermediate creative writing course, you’ll explore more specific, advanced writing techniques to aid your journey from a beginner to a more experienced writer. The skills covered will help you work on your own fiction writing, be it short stories, life writing, novels of any genre, children’s fiction or plays.

This course will provide you the opportunity to develop your characters and characterisation skills, exploring where and how to manage pace, plot, and story line. You'll analyse passages from different periods and genres to widen the conventions your own style, bringing your stories to life with economy and force.

Each week, you’ll be encouraged to actively work on your extracts, alongside receiving industry advice such as finding an agent and even getting published, as well as crucial and constructive feedback from your peers to develop your goals further.

Your tutor will suggest deadlines to keep you progressing between classes and you’ll be encouraged to write a minimum of 2000 words each week within a framework that makes sense.

  • Developing your creative writing skills further with characterisation, plotting and other more advanced techniques across forms and genres
  • How to read more widely and identify techniques to apply to your own writing style
  • Advice on how to get your work out there – contacting agents and submitting to competitions, magazines, and publications
  • Editorial feedback by agreement

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Possess have an advanced understanding and knowledge to work on your own fiction writing, be it short stories, life writing, novels of any genre, children’s fiction or plays
  • Understand publishing, how to go about contacting agents and enter competitions to further your writing career
  • Possess improved writing skills
  • Be able to effectively edit your own work and identify the key details and plot drivers that need to stay
  • Have a thorough understanding of writing for different settings, as well as an appreciation of different texts
  • 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

Alice Flynn

Alice Flynn

Alice Flynn is a highly multi-talented creative artist and educator whose talents include playwriting, theatre making...

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This could just be the start of your creative journey! After this course, you could explore alternative writing genres, further 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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