january, 2023

2023thu12jan(jan 12)7:00 pmthu23feb(feb 23)9:00 pmCreative Writing for Beginners£112 (£68 concession) - Gain important and informative knowledge from a published authorColeridge Community CollegeDay:Thursday length of course: 8 weeks


January 12 (Thursday) 7:00 pm - February 23 (Thursday) 9:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

8 weeks


Course details

Brief Description:

Creative Writing for Beginners is an 8 week course that revolves around exploring the skills & craft of writing fiction. Writing stories for personal pleasure has become a popular pastime again as has writing poetry to post online for others to read and take inspiration from. During the recent pandemic and various lockdowns many of us sought out purposeful activities that can be done anywhere at any time and that require a minimum investment in new equipment (when it comes to creative writing the bare necessities are only paper and a pen/pencil).  Engaging in creative pursuits has also been found to relieve anxiety and promote good mental health by providing a focus for concentrated thought. It doesn’t matter whether you want to write as an end it itself or to write with the intention of sharing your work with a wider audience, the well-being benefits come from engaging in the act of harnessing your creative energy. Although as with every craft the more accomplished the finished result, the more appreciation and enjoyment gained.

Creative Writing for Beginners will help you feel more confident in your abilities to communicate your ideas and will also give you the opportunity to experiment in a safe environment with different forms of storytelling to find which gives you the most satisfaction and creative enjoyment. Throughout the course you will learn about putting the skills & craft of storytelling into practice by working on a short story, a piece of memoir, a poem, and examining forms such genre fiction, plays and screenwriting. The emphasis is on having a go and learning by doing because there has never been a writer who cannot improve their work by rewriting in the light of feedback given and knowledge or experience gained (even Shakespeare crossed things out and had another go at finding the right word to convey exactly what he intended). Creative Writing for Beginners can’t promise to turn you into a great playwright, but it will give you plenty of opportunities to better appreciate and implement the skills necessary for successful storytelling whilst having fun playing with language along the way.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify writing goals and ways of working to achieve them.
    Give and receive feedback.
  • Differentiate the elements required in storytelling.
  • Identify the skills of creative writing.
  • Write a short story, a piece of non-fiction memoir, and a poem.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?


Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment


For the first session you will need to bring:

Pen/pencil and paper

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Creative Writing Next Steps
Writing Life Stories
Short Story Writing

Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sunday’s , you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more.

Another course offered by Ruth Wade which might interest you: Writing Life Stories


£112 (£68 concession) Please call 01223 712340 to pay with your card


Ruth WadeRuth Wade has been a full-time writer for 25 years. For 15 of those she has been teaching the skills and craft of creative writing. She is also an accredited creativity coach. As a novelist she specialises in historical fiction and writes both under her own name and that of BK Duncan. She was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize 2016 and shortlisted for the Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award. You can find out more about her writing and her approach to teaching at www.ruthwade.com 


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