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Creative Writing Courses


September 26
10:00 am
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The Exchange
Twickenham, London + Google Map

Paths to Creative Writing

Does the blank page frighten you? Do you have ambitions to write but don’t know where to start? Do you have stories to tell but feel uncertain which form speaks best for you? Paths to Creative Writing is designed to explore the different possibilities of writing a narrative and develop your creative writing skills.

Through a series of workshops, discussions, readings and writing exercises, you will explore four different genres: the short story, flash fiction, prose poetry and the lyric essay. Each week promises to discuss various contemporary writers as well as offer writing exercise to generate ideas for your own practice. There will be opportunities for constructive feedback, and at the end of the course to showcase your writing with a performance of your work at The Exchange.


Week 1 & 2: Short Stories

  • Exploring the structures, rules and broken rules of a short story.
  • What makes a character?
  • From where can we get inspiration for character development?
  • We write the beginnings of a short story

Week 3 & 4: Flash Fiction

  • How does it differ from a very short story?
  • We explore different Flash Fiction stories and write our own.

Week 5 & 6: Prose Poetry

  • No quite a story nor a poem, but fusing the two genres to create powerful voices and narratives. We explore different approaches to the prose poem and write our own.

Week 7 & 8: The Lyric Essay

  • How can this contemporary nonfiction form develop our writing skills?
  • What is its appeal for us as writers?
  • How do we write the lyrical I into essay form?

For more information on this course and how to apply, please visit: www.stmarys.ac.uk

The Short Story

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” – Lorrie Moore

Write the love affair and take your photographs with words, learn to create your narratives in the short story form.  This 8-week course will explore a number of different short stories through group discussions. In a nurturing and friendly environment, we will identify the ingredients of a short story, investigate what makes a successful short story, and plan and develop our own ideas for our short narratives.

London based poet and creative writing tutor, Agnieszka Studzinska has an MA in creative Writing from the UEA, and is currently working towards her PhD at Royal Holloway. Her debut collection, Snow Calling was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award in 2010.  Her second collection, What Things Are is published by Eyewear Publishing. She has had poems published in various anthologies and is currently working on her third collection called, The Branches of a House.


Week 1 & 2: Getting a Grip with the Genre – What are the essential building blocks for the short story? We read and discuss the tricks, secrets and insights into short fiction.

Week 3 & 4: Short Story or Flash Fiction? What is the difference between a Short Story and Flash Fiction or Very Short Fiction? We will explore the different forms and generate writing through a series of writing exercises.

Week 5: Beginnings and Endings: Hooks, Twists, Surprises, Ambiguities. We will explore examples of different beginnings and endings of a short story.

Week 6 & 7: Writing from Photographs: Creating characters and settings.

Week 8: A Critic of One’s Own– Extended critical feedback session.

For more information on this course and how to apply, please visit: www.stmarys.ac.uk