Creative Writing – Workshopping for Writers

Date(s) - 07/01/2017 - 24/02/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Chapel Field Methodist Church Hall

With Andrew McDonnell

This course is suitable for people who are writing regularly and would benefit from a work-shopping environment.

Writing can be an isolated activity; we often ‘write in the dark’ and this course offers the opportunity to discuss work with others who understand this process, and how beneficial feedback is to the redrafting process.

Each week, three writers submit up to 5000 words of prose or short fiction. Across two hours, the group will discuss the presented work, and offer critically constructive feedback.

Every student will have at least two opportunities to workshop their writing across the eight weeks.

The remaining time will be taken up with conversations on publishing, prize culture and where submission windows might be open for journals etc. Though there is no pressure to publish, it will offer students an insight into the next steps once a manuscript is ready.

Please note that the course cost includes photocopying for class distribution. Students will be expected to submit work in advance to allow the tutor to create and distribute copies.

Please note that there is a two week break over Xmas.

About the Tutor


Andrew McDonnell is a writer and lecturer living in Norwich. He is a director with Gatehouse Press and editor of Lighthouse Literary Journal.  He is the course leader for a BA Hons in English Literature at University Centre Peterborough where he also runs the UCP Literary Festival. His short stories and poetry have been published in a wide range of anthologies and journals.