CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

If you have a large project you are working on and would appreciate specific feedback and input, Sue offers one to one Mentoring Sessions.
 

“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

Sue’s themes were eclectic and different from the subject matter I typically write about which helped me discover new material.   Several of the poems I wrote from her prompts have been published.
Jennifer, San Francisco

“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

“I’ve attended a number of Sue’s creative writing day workshops and courses.   Sue provides excellent prompts and exercises and 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)

 

 

THE POETRY GYM
a weekly workout for your poetry muscles via e-mail

Gym membership £85
Every Tuesday from 6th September 2022 — 29th August 2023
a comprehensive e-mail will appear your inbox. The e-mail will contain:

a link to a picture (or two!) which will provide the week’s theme; there will be some background information, ideas of how to go more deeply into the theme and some writing warm-ups

a link to a poem (or two!) which refers to the picture or which highlights a particular technique; there will be some poetic analysis and discussion of how the poem might inform your own work

one or two suggestions for a potential poem perhaps via suggested titles, writing exercises, some techniques, links to a certain form (eg found poetry); there may be some submission suggestions here too

a keyword (or two!) – we’ll be going through the alphabet twice! The word(s) might be incorporated into your poem or provide ideas/associations in order to help to create further layers of meaning

a lucky dip bonus which will link to the theme: this could be an article, a quote, a book recommendation, another poem, advice from poets at the top of their game etc.

Please note feedback on your work is not included in this weekly offering, but you might be interested in my mentoring packages to enable you to take your poetry further. Gym members will be offered a 10% discount on mentoring packages for the duration of the course.

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 

 

ZOOM WRITING DAY — FOOD AND MEMORY

Saturday 15th October   10.30am-4.30pm
Fee £50
Dairylea cheese triangles, Mother’s Pride sliced loaf, your first expresso, street food on holiday, a ripe mango, blackberries straight from the bramble… Food triggers so many memories but sometimes these need a little help to emerge.   Innovative prompts and exercises and stimulating example poems and prose excerpts will help to kickstart this process and shake up your writing practice.   The prompts are suitable for both prose memoirists and poets.   There’ll be plenty of off-screen writing time to prevent zoom fatigue.

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 

 

ZOOM WORKSHOP
HOW TO CHRISTEN YOUR POEMS

Thursday 17th November   10am-1pm
Fee £30
Sometimes finding the best title for our poems is harder than the actual writing and editing of the piece.   In this workshop we will look at poems with titles that zing off the page and make you want to read on as well as ones which draw you in to a quiet, contemplative world.   We’ll categorise and discuss different ways of naming your poems.   You will also have the opportunity to have one of your problem poems christened by the group!

Contact Sue for more details and how to book and pay.

 

 

“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 in King’s Lynn, 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

“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