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What to Expect
All Sue’s writing courses are friendly and informal and create a supportive atmosphere for you to develop your writing. During the sessions you will work on a number of exercises which have the aim of inspiring your writing, improving your technical expertise and generating ideas. You will work in pairs, small groups and the whole group to share ideas and get some peer feedback on the exercises. You can send Sue any short pieces of writing which you have developed from these exercises for expert feedback. It is very difficult to inspire yourself to write and these courses help with motivation and discipline away from the class as they will give you ideas to take home and use in your own time. The writing courses which run over four or six weeks will give you regular weekly homework but it is entirely up to you how much time you dedicate to producing homework.
The classes are aimed at all levels. There are a finite number of techniques, but an infinite number of exercises which will help you improve these techniques. If you do more than one class you will not find them repetitive as Sue will always find new ways to inspire you! Most classes include poetry as, even if you are not a poetry writer, the techniques are invaluable to sharpen up your prose writing. Conversely, if you only write poetry, you will still find ideas in the prose writing exercises which will help to freshen up your poetry.
We learn best by doing — so come along and give one of these classes a try!
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“Sue Burge is a wonderfully warm, highly experienced tutor of all kinds of creative writing… What was so thrilling and rewarding was watching people — some self-avowed non-writers or poets — lose their fear and trepidation and write some amazing pieces.”
Gaynor Clements, Director, Cambridge Writing Retreat www.cambridgewritingretreat.com
“To date, I’ve attended a number of Sue’s creative writing day workshops and courses. Sue provides excellent prompts and exercises and the writing process is far from over once the course ends, as Sue always provides homework and feedback on drafts via email. Sue is fully conversant with the latest teaching methods and trends in the publishing industry. As such, she can provide students with bespoke advice on their writing goals.” Elisabeth Sennitt Clough
Author of “Glass” — Paper Swans Press (2016) and “Sightings” — Pindrop Press (2016)
Sue is a wonderful tutor and poetry mentor. Her style is informal and engaging, and you really feel she is committed to you and your work. Sue’s face-to-face events are lively and varied with supportive and precise feedback, and the online courses have great resources and guidance. I can’t recommend her more highly. I recently took the two top places in the Guernsey Literary Festival Poetry Prize, the 2nd prize was with with a poem written on one of her film and writing courses — Jane Wilkinson
If you have a large project you are working on and would appreciate specific feedback and input, Sue offers one to one mentoring.
Here is what Sue’s students say about her classes:
“During her writing courses, Sue always stimulates our creativity by many means, including visiting places of local interest. Last autumn we visited All Saints’ Church and it was while shuffling through the leaves and looking at the old gravestones, that the idea of “Waiting” started to take shape. Sue encouraged me to send it to Writers’ Forum, I took the leap into the unknown, and to my delight, they published it.” Rose, Snettisham
“I love coming to Sue’s creative writing class. It’s very relaxed and friendly and after the first week I didn’t mind reading what I’d written to others in the group. We’ve covered prose and different forms of poetry, and as an extra we’ve even done bookmaking with a guest tutor which I really enjoyed!” Tessa, King’s Lynn
“There is much sharing, comfortable sharing… There is respect for each other’s work and a distinct feeling of camaraderie.” Pamela, Rutland
“I‘ve found it fascinating how class discussion and exercises generate both interesting work and other unrelated ideas to pursue individually; how some ideas arrive nearly fully-formed while others need the individual support and feedback from Sue and the rest of the group to bring to a satisfactory conclusion.” Phil, Blackborough End, Norfolk
“Creative writing is something I’ve thought about doing for a long time and I really enjoy Sue’s sessions, so it was wonderful to find such a friendly, supportive writing group locally. Sue’s experience and knowledge shines through in the feedback she gives and has given me the confidence to write things I would never have imagined myself capable of.” Ghyslaine, King’s Lynn
To book, please contact Sue to see if there are spaces available. Places are not confirmed until the full fee has been received. Fees are non-refundable unless the workshop/event is cancelled but may be deferred to another course in exceptional circumstances.
EAST RUNTON (nr Cromer)
Saturday 26th June 2021
Fee: £40 (includes tea, coffee, biscuits and a light lunch)
Limited to 8 participants only.
Venue — East Runton
precise details on application
In this workshop we will explore the idea of bringing a village to life through script, flash fiction and poetry. The village of East Runton will be our template as we create characters, settings and a mixture of real and invented history. Dylan Thomas (Under Milk Wood), Laurie Lee (Cider with Rosie) and other writers will help to inform our writing as we create fresh, innovative work via a series of stimulating and original exercises.