Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to Creative Writing Part 1 with Alison Chandler

Starting to write is so much easier with a support network.

Our Introduction to Creative Writing course will help you explore the tools available to you as a writer in an environment designed to support you as a human being. Whether you’re starting from the very beginning or returning to writing, join us and feel your confidence grow as we discuss and practice - and you begin tell the stories you want to tell.

Week 1) Character-building.
Week 2) Setting – where am I?
Week 3) Dialogue – talk to me.
Week 4) Point of view – whose eyes am I looking through?
Week 5) Plot versus story. Structure.
Week 6) Beginnings and endings.

Introduction to Creative Writing Part 2 follows after half term. You’re welcome to sign up for both at the same time – you won’t need to pay for Part 2 until a month before it begins.

Zoom delivery

Cost £140

Summer One: Part 1

  • Tuesdays 10.30am-1pm
  • April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Autumn One: Part 1

  • Tuesdays 10.30am-1pm
  • Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18

Introduction to Creative Writing Part 2 with Alison Chandler

Introduction to Creative Writing Part 2 follows on from Part 1 but newcomers are very welcome.

This set of six sessions builds on the fundamentals of storytelling, looking in detail at ways to develop a sophisticated narrative and a sense of what your writing communicates to a reader. As with Part 1, the emphasis is on supporting you as a writer in a friendly, positive and constructive environment where we all learn from each other.

Week 1) What kind of writer am I? A look at genre.
Week 2) Character relationships – friends and enemies.
Week 3) Themes and motifs.
Week 4) Flash/short story/novella – thinking about form.
Week 5) Fiction and life-writing, fiction in life-writing.
Week 6) Me and my reader.

Zoom delivery

Cost £140

Summer Two: Part 2

  • Tuesdays 10.30am-1pm
  • June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19

Autumn Two: Part 2

  • Tuesdays 10.30am-1pm
  • Nov 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13


Each excellent class gave me an insight into specific aspects of creative writing.  And whilst there was quite rightly some topic overlap week to week, each class felt like a separate unit. I found the course very informative and inspiring.


Creative Writing Foundation


“Thank you for the stimulating sessions. Alison was very well organised, and encouraging. It has been very interesting to experience different approaches. It has made this undisciplined scribbler produce stuff that's halfway readable!


Creative Writing Foundation

Our tutor Alison says...

It’s all about removing the mystery – and releasing the magic! Sometimes creative writing can feel like something other people know how to do. It’s wonderful seeing writers on our Introduction course pick up writing ‘tools’ and make them their own.

Alison Chandler

Alison has been working with creative writers since 2010. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck and a Level 3 Award in Education and Training from WM College in Camden, and believes passionately that everyone should have access to lifelong learning. Alison arrived at Writing Room working on her own creative development as a poetry student in 2014 and immediately felt she’d come home. She designed and developed our Prioritise Your Writing and Introduction to Creative Writing courses to support writers at all stages of their own creative journey. Alison has published poems, short stories and creative non-fiction, and that novel project will eventually see the light of day too! She lives in Kentish Town with her two nearly grown up boys and a grumpy cat. In her spare time you’ll find her back home in South Wales, walking the Gower and Pembrokeshire coast paths and trying to write how that feels.

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