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Paths to Creative Writing



April 18
10:00 am


The Exchange
Twickenham, London + Google Map

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.

Dates and Times

This course will run from 10am – 12.30pm on:

  • Wed 18th April 2018
  • Wed 25th April 2018
  • Wed 2nd May 2018
  • Wed 9th May 2018
  • Wed 16th May 2018
  • Wed 23rd May 2018
  • Wed 6th June 2018
  • Wed 13th June 2018



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?

Sessions will be delivered by Agnieszka Studzinska. Agnieszka has an MA in Creative Writing from U.E.A.  She has previously worked as a freelance researcher in broadcasting, an English teacher, and an editor of a community magazine in West London. Her debut collection, Snow Calling (Salt 2010) was shortlisted for the London Festival New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What ThingsAre (2014) was published by Eyewear Publishing. She is working on her third book, The Branches of a House, whilst studying for a practice based PhD at Royal Holloway. Her PhD explores the poet’s relationship to the image and notion of home in poetry. She is interested in how the house image is appropriated in contemporary poetry.


Upon completion of this course students are issued a St Mary’s University Certificate of Attendance as well as a portfolio of creative writing.


The full cost of this 8- week course is £150.

For short course application and payment please visit: www.stmarys.ac.uk/short-courses/applications-and-terms.aspx

For more information please contact the Short Courses team by emailing shortcourses@stmarys.ac.uk or calling 020 8240 4321.