Beginners Creative Writing Course

Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and the editor of The Blackcountryman magazine. Her first novel, The Black Country, published by Salt Publishing in 2015, was part of her MA Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. She is currently a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University researching Psychogeographic Flow and Black Country Writing. She has had several short stories published in various anthologies and online at Fictive Dream and The Incubator. Her second novel, Gamble, also published by Salt Publishing in June 2018, was shortlisted for the Encore Second Novel Award 2019.

DURATION: 6 weeks

Start Date: August 31st, 2022 – 2 places remaining

FEE: €170

Note: We are currently experiencing a high demand for our online creative writing courses. We therefore recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. 

This is a creative writing course for adults. If you are younger than this, you can check out our teenagers course here and our children’s course here.

Places are strictly limited to 10 participants.

You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take the course. We accept students from around the world!

Our Beginners Creative Writing Course is suitable for complete beginners. It’s also suitable if you haven’t written anything for a while and if you’d like to get back into a writing routine.

This creative writing course fits in with a student’s schedule. You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. Instead, the course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever it suits you. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback. You’ll find out more about how the online courses work here.

Note: The tutor will email you on the course start date with your first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

Module One: The Creative Process

We’ll learn how to lose our inner perfectionist and practise some techniques to free up our writing muscles.

Module Two: Character Creation

How might you find and develop your characters? We’ll look at a variety of approaches to this.

Module Three: Showing and Telling

‘Show, don’t tell’. Let’s look at what this means in your writing, and let’s experiment with both.

Module Four: Setting

We’ll explore the effect of setting and its interaction with emotion, character and plot.

Module Five: Point of View

Whose story is this? This week, let’s look at the range of possibilities there are, and how this can strengthen your confidence as a writer and help you find your voice.

Module Six: Structure

In this, the final week, we’ll examine how narrative can be arranged to create tension and keep your reader reading.

‘Thank you so much for everything, Kerry. It’s been amazing getting to write and let the creative juices flow, and receiving feedback from you has been such a good learning experience.’ Archita

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.


There are two payment options: online (by credit card or Visa debit) and bank transfer/lodgement.

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POST: Unfortunately, we no longer accept payments by post.

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