Beginners Creative Writing Course

TUTOR: Emma Read is a children’s author and creative writing mentor and tutor. Her debut novel for young readers, Milton the Mighty, was one of The Times’ Best Children’s Books of 2019. It also won the N. Somerset Teachers Award and was shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award. Other published works include short stories and flash fiction.

Emma provides mentoring to unagented writers and, when possible, also runs in-person workshops for schools, libraries and festivals.

She lives in Bath, with her young family and many, many notebooks.

Next course starts on 29th September 2021 – 2 places remaining

Price: €130

Duration: six weeks

Course is 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 one-to-one 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.

Please note that this is a course for adults. If you’re under 18, check out our writing for teenagers and creative writing for children courses.

Module 1: The Premise
Beginning, like David Copperfield, at the beginning. Here we examine ideas – assessing what works, what doesn’t and where to find inspiration when we get stuck. How to build an idea into a premise and beyond into a solid pitch for a viable story.

Module 2: Character
The heart of any story is a memorable cast of characters. Here, we’ll be looking at what makes a compelling and believable character, and why this is important. The module will also introduce the concept of ‘voice’ and how dialogue and point of view tie a character to their story.

Module 3: Plot vs Story
What is plot and how is it different from story? In this module we’ll discover how our fully-formed characters will drive the plot forward, and search for the story at the heart of it all. We’ll also be looking at plot structures, introducing a simple, four-act, method to begin building on and learning how sub-plots can enhance the main thread.

Module 4: Stakes, Goals, Conflict
Next we’ll be taking a deeper dive into how our characters interact with their story, how their wants and needs will be thwarted throughout the plot, creating pace, tension and reader engagement. From saving the world, to surviving the day, we’ll discover how characters’ goals connect the reader to the work.

Module 5: Craft Tools
Ready to get writing? First let’s take a look at the basics of good writing craft – techniques such as varying sentence length, showing internal thought, writing believable dialogue, showing rather than telling (or sometimes the opposite), avoiding purple prose and finding your author voice.

Module 6: Starting, Finishing
Examining opening lines and hooks and overcoming being daunted by the blank first page. And once you’ve started, you must finish, so this module will provide tips to get to the end, to keep going when you’re struggling, to find a writing routine or motivation that suits. Finally we’ll take a quick look at editing skills, so you can start to look back over your work and polish it to a high shine.

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

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