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Creative Writing – The Next Chapter (Stage 2)


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

When does it run?

You can study this course in the spring term.

Spring term 2024

Wednesday 17 January – 20 March 2024

How long is the course?

10 Wednesday evenings

What time will your classes be?


Where does it take place?

Classes will take place on AUB's campus.

You'll be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Who's this course suitable for?

This course has been developed for creatives and aspiring writers aged 18+.

Perfect for anyone who already possesses a good understanding of creative writing or has completed Creative Writing – an Introduction (stage 1) and has a passion to develop their writing further.

Do you need previous experience or qualifications?

This is an intermediate course, so you must be a proficient creative writer and have previous writing experience to benefit.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or +44 (0) 1202 363222.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

All course materials and resources.

Are there any additional costs?

No, all course materials and resources are included in your course fee.

What should you bring to class?

  • A notebook and pens/pencils for notes or laptop if preferred

Why should you choose this course?

  • All course materials and resources included in your course fee – no hidden costs
  • Come away with enhanced knowledge, skills, and confidence to create independently develop your ideas into written pieces
  • Improve your creative writing abilities
  • Explore topics such as characterisation and plotting with discussion of other principles of fiction
  • Discover how to progress your writing into a career, including advice on contacting agents and publishing
  • Gain editorial feedback from your tutor (by agreement)
  • Explore processes that offer inspiration and enjoyment
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your industry professional tutor at every turn
  • Leave with increased confidence and the skills to continue creating beyond the course
  • Study in an encouraging and friendly setting alongside 14 like-minded creatives

About this course

This 10-week intermediate creative writing course will allow you to explore specific writing techniques that help build a bridge between the beginner and the 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.

On this course you’ll have the opportunity to develop your characters and characterisation skills, exploring where and how to manage pace, plot and storyline. You'll learn how to edit; 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 2000 words each week within a framework that makes sense.

The creative impulse is very much an element of this learning experience. You'll be encouraged to maintain a healthy imagination 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.

  • Develop your characters and characterisation skills
  • Managing pace, plot and storyline
  • How to change dialogue conventions
  • Bringing a setting to life
  • How to contact agents
  • How to enter competitions
  • Publishing
  • Editorial feedback (by agreement)

  • 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, imagination and enjoyment of writing
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore your ideas, remembering that there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate contact the short courses team: or call 01202 363222.

After this course, you could:

  • Harness your creativity and develop your writing skills in different genres; explore our full range of Creative Writing short courses
  • Broaden your creative horizons and try your hand at a range of disciplines; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Our tutors are industry professionals, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • You'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included and supported
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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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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