Creative Writing Courses

Summer 2024

Get Writing for All 15/4/24 (5 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:00
15th Apr 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 3/6/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:00
3rd Jun 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All PM 3/6/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Mondays from 12:15 to 14:15
3rd Jun 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All PM 15/4/24 (5 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Mondays from 12:15 to 14:15
15th Apr 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 16/4/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
16th Apr 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 4/6/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
4th Jun 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All EVE 16/4/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Tuesdays from 19:30 to 21:30
16th Apr 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 17/4/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
17th Apr 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 5/6/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
5th Jun 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

From Ideas to Print – Writing to get published: novels; novellas; short stories; articles 17/4/24 (6 Weeks)

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Tutor: Paul Walker
Wednesdays from 19:30 to 21:30
17th Apr 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their writing with the potential aim of publication: in books; magazines; or online. It deals mainly with fiction, but memoirs and other elements of non-fiction may also be covered. Starting with the development of ideas, planning and structure, we progress to examine the writing process in more detail: plot; point of view; voice; narrative arc; characters; and dialogue. Critiques, editing, and review are other aspects covered. While many write for fun, others want their work to be read. Getting published isn’t easy, and the various platforms and routes to acceptance on them are explored. Please bring pen & paper and/or a laptop. Paul has had a varied career in several universities and running his own business. He had a number of academic works published but had never tried his hand at creative writing until he retired from full-time work and enrolled on a course at The Settlement. He has had four books published so far with over 4,000 reviews on Amazon. He runs an online writers’ group and has given a number of one-off presentations and lectures. Now, Paul has been persuaded to share his experience in a course spanning a full year. The aim is to assist those who aspire to write and publish through the process of writing and editing, researching the best route to publication, followed by submission to publishers and agents. Note: there is no session on 14th or 21st February. The next course starts on 28th February 2024.

From Ideas to Print – Writing to get published: novels; novellas; short stories; articles 5/6/24 (6 Weeks)

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Tutor: Paul Walker
Wednesdays from 19:30 to 21:30
5th Jun 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their writing with the potential aim of publication: in books; magazines; or online. It deals mainly with fiction, but memoirs and other elements of non-fiction may also be covered. Starting with the development of ideas, planning and structure, we progress to examine the writing process in more detail: plot; point of view; voice; narrative arc; characters; and dialogue. Critiques, editing, and review are other aspects covered. While many write for fun, others want their work to be read. Getting published isn’t easy, and the various platforms and routes to acceptance on them are explored. Please bring pen & paper and/or a laptop. Paul has had a varied career in several universities and running his own business. He had a number of academic works published but had never tried his hand at creative writing until he retired from full-time work and enrolled on a course at The Settlement. He has had four books published so far with over 4,000 reviews on Amazon. He runs an online writers’ group and has given a number of one-off presentations and lectures. Now, Paul has been persuaded to share his experience in a course spanning a full year. The aim is to assist those who aspire to write and publish through the process of writing and editing, researching the best route to publication, followed by submission to publishers and agents. Note: there is no session on 14th or 21st February. The next course starts on 28th February 2024.

Writing for Screen 17/4/24 (6 Weeks)

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Tutor: Adrian Poynton
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
17th Apr 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Films and TV shows are more popular than ever… but what makes a good screenplay? What makes one work script and another not? How do you structure your screenplay to get the most out of your story and ideas? How do you create compelling characters with interesting arcs? What is Three-Act-Structure? And even at its most basic… how do you lay out your screenplay in the correct format to be easily read? A beginners guide to the exciting and intriguing world of writing for the screen, as taught by award winning screenwriter and producer, Adrian Poynton. Having worked in both the UK and the USA writing TV projects and films for companies such as the BBC, ITV, SKY, DISNEY, CBS, and SONY as well as having script-edited and developed new projects with many new writers, Adrian is all too familiar with the in’s and out’s and do’s and don’ts of what makes good scripts work. In these sessions he aims to teach the fundamentals of screenwriting; discussing, not only the ways in which he gets an idea out of his head and onto paper — taking the smallest of ideas and turning it into a full workable screenplay — but also the techniques he’s seen some of the industries other successful writers implement it achieve the same. He’ll give you a series of techniques and guides to help you start (and hopefully finish) your very first (or maybe even second, third or twelfth) screenplay. Whatever the subject matter or story… Adrian will help you get the ideas in your head out and onto paper and who knows, maybe even one day turned into a television series or film. If nothing else, this course/workshop will help give you the confidence and foundations to do what so many people don’t with their idea: actually turn it into a well written, professional presented screenplay. Session One: Screenwriting as a visual medium and what makes an idea work. A look at what makes a good TV or film idea, and how to begin turning it into something more. Session Two: Screenplay format A session breaking down the screenplay as an actual piece of written word. Session Three: Standout Characters and Dialogue What makes good characters and what they say. How to achieve it and why. Session Four: Actually Writing Your Screenplay Technique’s for actually write the thing and achieving your first draft. Session Five: Editing Your Screenplay Techniques for editing your first draft. What to look for, who to take notes from and beyond. Session Six: What now? So… you’ve finished your screenplay. What to do now? Please bring a pen, notebook and optional device

Writing Radio Drama 18/04/24 (5 Weeks)

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Tutor: Paul Green
Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00
18th Apr 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Radio drama reaches millions via the BBC. It’s also enjoying a renaissance on-line. Over five weeks we’ll explore the possibilities and challenges of writing for an invisible medium. As well as analysing a range of genres and styles we’ll focus on creative exercises for generating ideas, developing characters, using dialogue, shaping the narrative structure and exploiting audio signposting – so you can work towards drafting your script. We’ll then look at different routes for submitting it to the BBC or producing it yourself for podcasting or community radio. No previous experience required. Just bring writing materials – paper or digital – plus keen ears and your imagination. Please bring : Pen and notepad / device. Paul Green studied at Oxford (English Literature) and the University of British Columbia (Creative Writing). He has worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster and his plays have been performed by BBC Radio 3, CBC Canada, Capital Radio, RTE Eire, Resonance FM, and by theatre groups in London and regionally. Four of his speculative fiction novels have been published, in addition to two poetry collections. He also writes short stories – one of which won the Fiction Prize at the 2019 Hastings Literary Festival. His parallel career has been in education, most recently as lecturer in media at the Royal National College for the Blind.

Creative Writing: A Taster Course 20/4/24 (5 Weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:00
20th Apr 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Would you like to have a go at creative writing? If so, this short five-week course may be just for you.  With a balance of reading, writing and learning, you will be given the tools to set you on your writing path.  Come along and join a friendly and supportive group.  Bring writing materials and lots of enthusiasm! Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Spring 2024

Get Writing for All 26/2/24 (5 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:00
26th Feb 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. New learners are welcome to enrol from 9am on Thursday 16th November 2023, but enrolment before this time will be invalid. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 9/1/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
9th Jan 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. New learners are welcome to enrol from 9am on Thursday 16th November 2023, but enrolment before this time will be invalid. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 27/02/24 (5 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
27th Feb 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. New learners are welcome to enrol from 9am on Thursday 16th November 2023, but enrolment before this time will be invalid. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 09/01/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Tuesdays from 19:30 to 21:30
9th Jan 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. New learners are welcome to enrol from 9am on Thursday 16th November 2023, but enrolment before this time will be invalid. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 27/02/24 (5 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Tuesdays from 19:30 to 21:30
27th Feb 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. New learners are welcome to enrol from 9am on Thursday 16th November 2023, but enrolment before this time will be invalid. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 10/1/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
10th Jan 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. New learners are welcome to enrol from 9am on Thursday 16th November 2023, but enrolment before this time will be invalid. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Get Writing for All 28/2/24 (5 weeks)

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
28th Feb 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. New learners are welcome to enrol from 9am on Thursday 16th November 2023, but enrolment before this time will be invalid. Many thanks for your co-operation. These classes are ideal for anyone who enjoys writing or would like to start. No experience is necessary. The emphasis is on having fun and through a combination of reference to published texts, writing and listening, confidence is built in writing fiction and non-fiction. Short, optional homework exercises are set weekly with supportive feedback from the group for those who find this helpful. Students can enrol at any half term, with most students continuing throughout the year. Please bring a Pen, paper or device. Elizabeth trained as a primary school teacher in the 1970s. After a long gap doing voluntary work, she returned to teaching as a supply teacher. She has always loved writing and has found going on writing courses a valuable way of learning about the craft. After some success writing stories for a comic, she moved on to writing fiction and non-fiction for county and national magazines. Since 2006 she has run ’Get Writing!’ at Letchworth Settlement. Elizabeth holds the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing Part I (Fiction) and Part II (Non-fiction) awarded by Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

From Ideas to Print – Writing to get published: novels; novellas; short stories; articles 10/1/24 (5 Weeks)

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Tutor: Paul Walker
Wednesdays from 19:30 to 21:30
10th Jan 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Current learners have priority for this ongoing course. New learners are welcome to enrol from 9am on Thursday 16th November 2023, but enrolment before this time will be invalid. Many thanks for your co-operation. This course is for anyone who wants to improve their writing with the potential aim of publication: in books; magazines; or online. It deals mainly with fiction, but memoirs and other elements of non-fiction may also be covered. Starting with the development of ideas, planning and structure, we progress to examine the writing process in more detail: plot; point of view; voice; narrative arc; characters; and dialogue. Critiques, editing, and review are other aspects covered. While many write for fun, others want their work to be read. Getting published isn’t easy, and the various platforms and routes to acceptance on them are explored. Please bring pen & paper and/or a laptop. Paul has had a varied career in several universities and running his own business. He had a number of academic works published but had never tried his hand at creative writing until he retired from full-time work and enrolled on a course at The Settlement. He has had four books published so far with over 4,000 reviews on Amazon. He runs an online writers’ group and has given a number of one-off presentations and lectures. Now, Paul has been persuaded to share his experience in a course spanning a full year. The aim is to assist those who aspire to write and publish through the process of writing and editing, researching the best route to publication, followed by submission to publishers and agents. Note: there is no session on 14th or 21st February. The next course starts on 28th February 2024.

From Ideas to Print – Writing to get published: novels; novellas; short stories; articles 28/2/24 (5 Weeks)

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Tutor: Paul Walker
Wednesdays from 19:30 to 21:30
28th Feb 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their writing with the potential aim of publication: in books; magazines; or online. It deals mainly with fiction, but memoirs and other elements of non-fiction may also be covered. Starting with the development of ideas, planning and structure, we progress to examine the writing process in more detail: plot; point of view; voice; narrative arc; characters; and dialogue. Critiques, editing, and review are other aspects covered. While many write for fun, others want their work to be read. Getting published isn’t easy, and the various platforms and routes to acceptance on them are explored. Please bring pen & paper and/or a laptop. Paul has had a varied career in several universities and running his own business. He had a number of academic works published but had never tried his hand at creative writing until he retired from full-time work and enrolled on a course at The Settlement. He has had four books published so far with over 4,000 reviews on Amazon. He runs an online writers’ group and has given a number of one-off presentations and lectures. Now, Paul has been persuaded to share his experience in a course spanning a full year. The aim is to assist those who aspire to write and publish through the process of writing and editing, researching the best route to publication, followed by submission to publishers and agents.