The Writers' Greenhouse

Creative writing courses in Oxford, UK

New creative writing course STORY ELEMENTS starting April 2017

Story Elements course for anyone writing or planning to write a novel or stories

Story Elements course 12-week evening course to develop and explore the elements of story building. Practical, creative, and inspiring. New course starting Wed 26 April 2017

Summer of Writing workshops Vote by Monday 24 April for the 2017 workshops

Summer Creative writing workshops for adults Vote from a list of 14 possible workshops to choose which Summer of Writing workshops you'd like me to run this summer.
* Voting closes 24 April *

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. This course is currently running - email me to get updates about when the next one runs. More details

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, monthly feedback on up to 3000 words on the follow-on 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.

Details

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 (unless the voting goes otherwise). The form to vote for your workshops will be up until mid-April, then I'll put up the final selection for people to book.

Follow-on course

1 evening a fortnight, in sessions of 6, ongoing. £180 for 6 sessions, payable in instalments.
Next starting: 8 February 2017 (Short term of 4 sessions, at £120 for the term.)

What next?

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

→ Book for the Story Elements course

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

Summer of Writing

→ Summer of Writing

Vote for which Summer of Writing workshops I run this summer - voting closes Monday 24 April 2017.

Arrange a guest speaker

→ Arrange a workshop

Organise a fun, interactive workshop to introduce your society to creating stories or to explore a topic in-depth with your writing group.

 

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