CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

The Writing Cloud

For information on Sue’s writing course by e-mail subscription click here.

 

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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“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)
 

 

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:


Rose

“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

Phil

“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


Creative Writing Courses

 

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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.
 

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POP-UP POETRY AND FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP

CROMER

Wednesday 30th May 2018 — 11am-3pm   Fee: £20
Please note refreshments not included

Meeting Place — Cromer Pier NR27 9HE

A comprehensive worksheet will enable you to use the local environment to inspire fresh and innovative poetry and short fiction.   After a short exploration of Cromer Pier and seafront we will adjourn to a café where you will be able to write and buy lunch before heading down to the seafront to try out some more writing exercises, then a final cup of tea and a chance to hear what pop-up participants have been working on.   Feedback also offered on one or two short completed pieces sent electronically up to a month of the pop-up date.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POP-UP WRITING FOR WELLBEING WORKSHOP

RSPB TITCHWELL BIRD RESERVE, PE31 8BB

Wednesday 27th June — Time & fee to be confirmed

Meeting Place — The Café at Titchwell Bird Reserve

On this course we will discover ways to calm our bodies, minds and spirits by focusing on the natural world.   We will use journalling techniques to explore and record our reactions to this beautiful and inspiring environment in both poetry and prose.   There will be comprehensive worksheets, inspiring exercises and a bird expert on hand to enhance our identification skills!

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE! MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP

NORWICH

Saturday 14th July — 10.30am-4.30pm   Fee: £40

Sackville Place, 44-48 Magdalen Street, Norwich NR3 1JU

This day course is open to all levels and will explore techniques which will transform your life-writing into engaging and entertaining pieces which can be enjoyed by friends, family and wider audiences.   Bring along photographs and meaningful objects, scrapbooks, letters, anything which might trigger your memories fruitfully.   We will be using both poetry and prose to bring your ideas to life.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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POP-UP CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS —
MOTHER AND CHILD

NORWICH

Friday 3rd August — 1.30pm-5pm   Fee: £20

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ
Meeting Point — Sainsbury Centre Main Reception (please note that parking is free but you will need a permit from the Receptionist.   There are 54 places in this car park and these are allocated on a first come, first served basis.   Entry to the permanent collection is free.

We will use objects from the permanent collection at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts to explore the theme Mother and Child.   There will be a comprehensive workshop with inspiring exercises to enable you to produce fresh and innovative flash fiction and poetry.   We will explore the absence of fathers in the collection.   There will plenty of opportunities for writing time, discussion and the chance to send a finished piece to Sue for feedback.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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INSPIRED BY FILM    
A SIX-WEEK POETRY COURSE

NORWICH

Monday 8th October — Monday 12th November   1.30-4.30pm   Fee: £75

The Colman Room in the John Hurt Suite,
Cinema City, St Andrew’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4AD

This course will use film clips and innovative exercises to inspire fresh and original poetry on a variety of themes — Silent Comedy Classics, The Western and Road Movies, Fairytale on Film, the City on Screen etc.   Each week we’ll be exploring different poetic techniques to create a wide range of work.   This course is also a chance to increase your knowledge of film and find new movies to enjoy.   Feedback offered on all poetry produced during the course.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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SIX-WEEK CREATIVE WRITING COURSE

EAST RUNTON

Tuesday 9th October — Tuesday 20th November   (excluding 23rd October)
10.30am-12.30pm   Fee: £70

Venue on application

This course is suitable for all levels of experience and will explore both poetry and fiction as well as memoir.   Inspiring exercises, regular homework and regular feedback will help to stimulate your creativity throughout the six weeks.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT – POETRY WORKSHOP

NORWICH

Saturday 20th October — 10.30am-4.30pm   Fee: £40

Sackville Place, 44-48 Magdalen Street, Norwich NR3 1JU

In the morning there will be an opportunity to write a long poem/sequence of poems using a series of inspiring prompts and themes.   In the afternoon we will look at the polar opposite of this form and explore the joy of brevity in poetry.   Open to all levels with feedback available on later drafts of the pieces produced as a result of the course.

Contact Sue for more details.

 

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The Writing Cloud

For information on Sue’s writing course by e-mail subscription click here.