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Creative Writing - Fact Or Fiction - Intensive

Creative Writing - Fact Or Fiction - Intensive (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Elise Valmorbida


This course is not suitable for beginners. You've already taken an introductory course. Now you've developed an addiction. You can't live without your writing group. They're alert to your fictional virtues and narrative vices. And they're your best critics. Here's the chance to deepen the experience – with specific assignments, longer projects or personal work in progress. You choose. Please apply only if you have successfully completed an introductory writing course at Central Saint Martins or elsewhere.

Read more about this course on our UAL Short Course Stories

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Elise Valmorbida is a graduate in English language and literature, an experienced teacher and multi-published author. In 2019, she won the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction for her fourth novel, The Madonna of the Mountains. Published in the UK by Faber & Faber, and internationally in several languages, The Madonna of the Mountains was The Times ‘book of the month’, a New York Post ‘must-read’, an Edward Stanford Awards shortlister, and one of the 2019 Walter Scott Prize 'Academy Recommends' List. Elise's popular non-fiction work, The Book of Happy Endings, is published in four languages and four continents. She is the award-winning script consultant and producer of indie Britfilm SAXON, and author of SAXON: The Making of a Guerrilla Film. 

Elise is the founder-director of communications consultancy word-design, a board director of writers' organisation 26, former External Examiner for Falmouth University’s MA in Professional Writing, and a member of English PEN and The Society of Authors.

Find out more at or on UAL Short Course Stories.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Something to write with
  • Something to write on
  • Hard copies of your work - keep a notebook!

If you have time to write for the first class, try your hand at this assignment:

Describe a disease with loving lyricism (500 words of well crafted prose). Describe a flower with violent fear and loathing (another 500 words). Consider mood, sub-text, momentum, implicit 'back-story'...Who is the narrator? Whose perspective is conveyed?

  • Please bring your writing to the first class
  • Your pieces should be clearly written or typed - someone else will read them out
  • Also, please think seriously about any aspects of writing which you would like to cover this term. We can discuss these on the first night, and build them into the course.

Available dates