Courses

I’m delighted to announce that I am planning to run courses again from September 2021. Please see below for further details.

I am also considering running courses via Zoom for overseas participants. Please get in touch if you would be interested in taking part.

Introduction to Creative Writing 

Six weeks starting Friday 10th September 2021

10.30 am -12.30 pm

Beckenham Place Mansion

This is an introductory course aimed at anyone who wants to have a go at writing – whether you long to discover if you really do have that novel in you or just want to put pen to paper and see where it takes you.

It is a friendly, relaxed and fun course, designed to ease you in to the writing process and bring you confidence as a writer. Over the six weeks we will cover the basics of storytelling; generating ideas, finding your writing style, editing and developing your craft so that you end up with a clear writing goal to pursue.

Each session will run from 10.30 – 12.30 with a fifteen minute break and will include a mixture of ‘how to’ teaching from me (nothing too formal), exercises and discussions. We will use a combination of individual and group exercises to get the brains buzzing and the words flowing!

Testimonials from previous course participants:

‘What an excellent course! A friendly supportive atmosphere and truly encouraging for the novice writer.’ Susan Valdar

‘I came along to try and get into the swing of writing. I’ve come away with confidence, full of ideas and inspired to write my first novel.’ Alexis Bleasdale

‘Annie is knowledgeable, approachable and made each session interesting, informative and fun.’ Dani Payne

Fiction-Writing 

Benjamin Franklin

Six weeks starting Tuesday 7th September 2021

10.30 am -12.30 pm

Beckenham Place Mansion

Who this course is for:

–          People who have completed the ‘Introduction to Creative Writing’ course and want to learn more

–          People who have some writing experience and want to improve and develop their existing skills

–          People who want to write or who are working on a novel and would like guidance and support

What the course will cover:

–          Getting started: Finding that brilliant idea, considering genres, how to research and writing strong beginnings

–          Structure, planning and plotting

–          Place and setting

–          Character, voice and viewpoint

–          The ‘flabby middle’: how to keep going and keep it interesting

–          The end: Finishing, editing and revising. Motivation and making it as good as possible

–          The publishing process. Writing a synopsis and pitching to agents or exploring other avenues

Testimonials from previous course participants:

‘I’ve discover an absolute love for writing; this course has been so enjoyable. Thank you!’

Jenny Beattie

This is the second of Annie’s courses I have done and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Again, she has given me the tools and the confidence to write!’

Marianne Mills

‘Annie created a warm, supportive class with really useful lessons and feedback that kick-started my creativity.’

Danielle Woodward