confidence building for writers

This five-week course is designed to help you build confidence in creative writing. Each week we’ll be looking at the first three sentences of successful novels and will discuss what it is about the writing style and content that makes it be classed as ‘good’ by readers, agents and/or publishers.

Contained within the one hour session, you will have a the opportunity to respond to the work in some way, either by writing something similar or by writing something that contrasts with it. Sharing and feedback is optional. Instead, you may wish to keep a reflective journal to keep track of your confidence and success in writing over the five weeks.

Over the five weeks I will also help you to answer these questions:

Am I Creative Enough?

Having taught creative writing for twenty-years, this is a question I’ve been asked frequently. I think creativity is all about making connections – connecting what you’ve experienced with what you’ve read, heard and seen. On the course, besides from the extracts, you’ll use random word generators, pictures, objects, senses and games to help tap into your creative potential.

What about Writer’s Block?

On the course, you’ll be given lots of support to help you come up with ideas and will receive the motivation to sit and write something, anything; it doesn’t have to be perfect and polished. You don’t need to share your work but everyone will have a ten-fifteen minutes to create something. It’s amazing what can be achieved in a short amount of time.

Am I Talented Enough?

Success in any endeavor comes from hard work. As Thomas Edison said, ‘Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.’

If you’re willing to write a lot, read a lot and brave enough to ask for feedback, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t produce wonderful work.

Also, it’s important to remember that even the greatest writers have off-days. Even if you write something you’re not happy with today, you’ve learned something about yourself as a writer and flexed those brain muscles.

By the end of the course, you should have a good idea of how your work compares to that of professional writers and what steps you might take to reach your writing goals.

Where will your writing take you?

The cost for the course will be £35 (£5 for each one hour session)

(For an extra £15, I can offer a half-hour individual Zoom session to discuss a piece of your work in detail.)

Course dates and times are yet to be confirmed. If you have a preferred time slot, please let me know.

To ask any questions and/or book a place, email me at

Story-Planning Class of June 2020 (That’s me in the middle on the top row.)

To go to Suffolk Writers Group’s main page, click here.

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