The Writers' Greenhouse

Creative writing courses in Oxford, UK

Summer of Writing full-day creative writing workshops 2017
Story Elements course

for anyone writing or planning to write a novel or stories

Story Elements course

Develop and explore the elements of story building. Practical, creative, and inspiring. More details

Summer of Writing workshops

See the 2017 workshops and book your place

Summer Creative writing workshops for adults

Create yourself a Summer of Writing with five possible workshops this July and August.
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Imaginary Worlds genres: fantasy, science fiction, Young Adult fiction, urban paranormal, steampunk, dystopia
Imaginary Worlds

Develop your world-building to improve or invent your own imaginary worlds. More details

What's coming up next

July & August: The Summer of Writing workshops run on Saturdays from the last Saturday in July through all the Saturdays in August. You can book just one or any selection you like. Read more about those here.

October - December: The October term will be a NEW COURSE: an introduction to creative writing, covering multiple forms, different approaches to writing, various creative practices, etc. It will be accessible for complete beginners, and also those who're returning to creative writing after a long gap, or who maybe had their joy in it stolen at school or uni, and also for those who're finding their groove might be becoming a bit of a rut, and want to refresh their sense of the possibilities. It's still in development so it's not on the website yet, but I'll put up more details as soon as possible. Meanwhile you can email me if this sounds up your street!

Jan/Feb - April: The January term will be either the Imaginary Worlds course or the Story Elements course: as I'm rejigging the time table to include more courses, I haven't decided yet. If you have a preference, email me.

What you get on the courses & workshops

  • practical guidance and help with various aspects of writing
  • creative approaches for your own writing and activities to try ideas out – not formulae
  • real-life teaching & discussion, not online lessons or videos
  • small, personal classes: maximum 12 students, so I can give everyone personal attention
  • feedback on your writing: individual feedback on 3 2000-word assignments across the Story Elements course, and 2 2000-word assignments on the Imaginary Worlds course
  • handy little booklets with a summary of each session's learning-points and activities (colour-coded, naturally!) on the Story Elements course, Imaginary Worlds course, & summer workshops
  • a wealth of original activities designed specifically for the courses and workshops to apply to your own writing
  • story plans: in the final class of the Story Elements course, we share out the "Plot Bank" so everyone leaves with rich, developed stories to work on and a sheaf of ideas; on the Imaginary Worlds course, you develop at least two stories with potential for a host more.
  • qualified, experienced teacher with 6000+ hours of teaching experience
  • grapes, biscuits, tea & coffee to sustain you while we work!

Email for more info or to book a place.

What my students say

  • "The course is a pleasure week after week."
  • "I never expected the course to make me laugh. It's been fun, funny, far more helpful than I'd anticipated, very stimulating and really inspiring. Plus it's helped me take my writing more seriously."
  • "Really loving time spent with the group and the course is everything I expected and more."
  • "I love having people to speak to about writing and being able to speak to someone experienced in the field. Also, having a reason to write every week (rather than just for me) makes it easier to set time aside."
  • "Genuinely have had a fantastic and stimulating time on this course. I think the online description is very accurate - all the emphasis is on the creative process and not the painful writing bit - which becomes about capturing the ideas - very freeing!"
  • "I've really enjoyed the social aspect of the group, as it's the first time I've been able to socialise with people who are as interested in writing as I am."
  • "I have attended several writing workshops over the years and this one-day workshop was by far the most enjoyable and useful. "
  • "I can't recommend this course enough. Megan is a great teacher and the structure of the Story Elements course really gets into the important part of writing a novel - storytelling. "

Read more student feedback and Daily Info reviews here.


All courses are held in Wolvercote, Oxford. Parking is available & it's an easy bus route from town on the Number 6.

To book:

Email me to book your place or for more details.

Imaginary Worlds course

1 evening a week for 8 weeks, 7pm – 9:30 pm. £240 for 8 sessions, payable in instalments.
Next starting: 9 February 2017.

Story Elements course

1 evening a week for 12 weeks, 7pm – 9:30 pm. £320 for 12 sessions, payable in instalments.
Next starting: 25 April 2017.

Summer of Writing workshops

Saturdays in August, 10am – 4 pm. Each year, we collaborate on which workshops will run. From Sept to Jan you can add to the wishlist; from Feb to April you can vote from the longlist, and from May onwards you can book for the final selection of workshops.

What next?

Summer of Writing

→ Summer of Writing

See the Summer of Writing 2017 workshops and book your place for this summer

Imaginary Worlds

→ Read about the Imaginary Worlds course

Read more about what the course is like, what it covers, and FAQs, and book your place.

Story Elements course

→ Read about the Story Elements course

Read more about what the course is like, what it covers, and FAQs.

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