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Creative Writing For Beginners

Creative Writing For Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Joanna Pocock


Have you ever wanted to know how the elements of prose work? What makes for compelling writing and what leaves readers out in the cold? And what are the best strategies for getting published? This beginners' creative writing class is just the place to find out!

Through in-class exercises, take-home assignments, readings, workshopping and plenty of constructive feedback, you will explore the basic elements that will encourage you to dust off those unfinished short stories or dive into something completely new. By the end of these ten weeks students will not only have some wonderful pieces of writing under their belts but also lots of practical advice and notes on how to get their work out into the world. The focus will be firmly on fiction (short stories and longer prose) as well as narrative non-fiction (memoir and essays).

This course will enable students to flex their writing muscles and find their writing voices in a fun, focused and supportive environment. This is the perfect class in which to dip your toe and test the writing waters.

Topics covered

  • There will be discussions on technique, with particular emphasis on point of view, characterisation, dialogue, structure, and the process of editing
  • The course has a strong workshop component, which will enable students to become comfortable with reading and sharing work
  • Students will benefit from feedback from both the tutor and colleagues

This is an unmissable opportunity if you want to take the first steps towards writing compelling and successful fiction.

Entry requirements: None apart from an interest in developing creative writing skills and a very good command of the English language.

Level: Beginners

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

Tutor Description

Joanna Pocock graduated with distinction from the Masters in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications in the US and the UK, such as The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, Orion Magazine, Dark Mountain, The Times Literary Supplement, the New Statesman, Dazed & Confused, and 3:AM, among others. She has taught Genre Fiction at Bath Spa University and Life Writing at the University of Roehampton, where some of her students have gone on to win substantial literary awards. In 2018 she won the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize. Her book-length essay ‘Surrender’ was published in May 2019 by Fitzcarraldo Editions. House of Anansi published 'Surrender' in Canada in 2019 and it will be appearing in the US in April 2020. 'Surrender' is currently being translated into French, Spanish and Italian and has been included on University syllabuses. Joanna has lived in Canada, the United States and Britain and brings a global perspective to her writing and teaching.


Please bring with you to the first lesson:

  • Your favourite book
  • Pen or pencil and paper

It would also be helpful to bring some form of binder as there will be handouts each week.

Available dates