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Creative Writing – The Next Chapter (Stage 2)

This intermediate creative writing course will allow you to explore specific writing techniques which help build a bridge between the beginner and the more experienced writer. Classes consist of teaching and practical exercises followed by workshop sessions in which students give and receive feedback on each other's work in progress in a constructive and supportive environment. The techniques covered will help you work on your own long-form fiction of any genre and allow you to have completion of the first draft of a novel firmly in your sights. Ideal for anybody who wants to get more serious about writing and subsequent potential agent representation/publication.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in our spring term. Check out the term dates and other information below.


Wednesday 18 January – Wednesday 22 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Wednesdays 18.00–21.00


Louise Voss



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Course details

You may have already completed our introductory course or are already comfortable with the subject, this intermediate creative writing course will allow you to explore specific writing techniques which help build a bridge between the beginner and the more experienced writer.

This course provides the opportunity to develop your characters and characterisation skills, exploring where and how to manage pace, plot and story line. You'll learn to decide what has to stay and what can go. Example passages from different periods and genres will help you to consider changing dialogue conventions and look at how to bring a setting to life with economy and force.

Your tutor will suggest deadlines to keep you progressing between classes and give realistic advice on ways to find an agent, if that’s what you’re after, and get published.

You’ll be encouraged to write a minimum of 2,000 words each week within a framework that makes sense.

Workshopping your work-in-progress is very much an element of this learning experience, where you'll be encouraged to work towards the first draft of a novel and receive ongoing support at all stages.

With essential advice and tips from your tutor, you'll examine how other writers achieve their goals to support your development and understanding.

  • Further reading advice
  • Advice on contacting agents
  • Information on competitions and publication
  • Editorial feedback by agreement

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

Louise Voss

Louise Voss is the author of fifteen published novels (nine solo, and six co-written with Mark Edwards)...

The course aims to:

  • Cover topics such as characterisation and plotting with discussion of other principles of fiction
  • Provide tasks each session in which to practice and consolidate your understanding. You'll be walked through each process to completion
  • Give you the confidence to create independently with little input from your tutor within each taught category

  • You'll 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
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at

This is an advanced creative writing course and is ideal for those who've completed Creative Writing – An Introduction (Stage 1) or possess previous knowledge and experience. Suitable for budding writers aged 18+.

A laptop is recommended for note-taking.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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