Creative Writing: An Introduction to Craft and Community


This short course has been created for those with a passion to develop their writing practice, and will equip you will the introductory skills needed to start your own creative writing journey.

Covering key topics such as the basics of writing poetry and fiction, editing, and reflecting on your own work, this short two week course will benefit from the collaborative teaching of the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing. This course is available to organisations looking to book a minimum of eight people.

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Key features

This focussed introduction to Creative Writing will give you a strong foundation in writing craft, and a stimulating experience of the sense of community that underpins a writing practice.

Creative writing is all about learning-through-doing and sharing what you do. This short course gives you the experience of joining a fresh workshop group for an exciting fortnight.

You will learn to give and receive productive feedback, and be taught a range of the basic craft skills foundational for writing fiction, poetry and script.

This increased understanding will culminate in collaborating with your peers on publishing a mini-anthology, putting your editing skills into practice.

There will also be an opportunity to learn to perform material in a friendly environment, and to receive feedback and advice from a local publisher.

Structure and content

This course will take place over two weeks and include an introduction to Fiction and Poetry. Students will learn and understand the process of reflective writing, and will enjoy visits from a writer and/or publisher with access to accompanying online resources.

Course objectives

The specific learning objectives of this short course include:

  • Learn the basics of writing fiction such as ‘show vs tell’,  immediacy, scene and summary, and characterisation.
  • Learn the basics of writing poetry such as; rhythm, cadence, alliteration, use of line breaks, theme, imagery, etc.
  • Learn how to edit your own work.
  • Learn how to read other’s work and give feedback.
  • Learn how to receive and use feedback on your own work.
  • Write reflectively about the writing process.
  • Read like a writer. 

Who the course is for

This course has been developed for anyone who would like to try out creative writing to see if it's for them.

It is also for aspiring writers who don't yet have a writing practice but would like to develop one, and potential creative writing MA students with first degrees in other subjects and a lack of experience and/or writing practice.

This course is available to organisations looking to book a minimum of eight people.

Recommended prior knowledge

It is recommended that students have an enthusiasm for literature and/or poetry, with excellent English language writing skills.

Key learning outcomes

The key learning outcomes include:

  • Students will gain an understanding of the key craft issues of writing fiction and poetry.
  • Students will learn how to draft new pieces of creative work.
  • Students will learn how to edit their own work.
  • Students will learn how to give and receive feedback in workshops.
  • Students will learn how to reflect on the creative process.
  • Students will learn how to read as a writer. 

What you will achieve

On successful completion of this course and submission of a suitable writing example you will achieve a Certificate of completion. 

There will also be the opportunity to seek admission to the MA Creative Writing programme if the quality of the writing sample is high enough.

Our experts

This short course is overseen, planned and managed by Nicola Valentine who is DMU's programme Leader for the MA Creative Writing. 

Expert tutors deliver the classes, all of whom are published writers.


Delivered over two weeks with teaching in the mornings and time for writing in the afternoons, the two weeks will be split between Fiction, Poetry, Script and Editing/Publication.


This course is available to organisations looking to book a minimum of eight people, and costs will be discussed upon enquiry.

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