Don’t take our word for it…

Here are comments from past/current students (many of whom sign up term after term)

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it has benefitted my writing skills. Will be attending next term. Thank you!”

“Thought the course was brilliant. It has really helped to hear other peoples’ opinions and thoughts. It has also given me confidence in my own abilities and has inspired me to have a go – something I definitely want to continue.”

“Loved the course. A great environment in which to grow as a writer.”

“Really enjoyed the course and have learned a huge amount. I loved the balance of theory and then practical critique. Very much enjoyed the chance to meet some lovely people.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and particularly valued the opportunity to practise techniques learned through the tasks in the sessions. I also valued the opportunities to learn from
colleagues’ writing and informed criticism. Will definitely be back.”

“An excellent format, with a good mix of reading, sharing technical learning. A good group with a mix of style and perspectives.”

“I really enjoyed the course and will be returning! The classes are very welcoming and the feedback is always valid and heartfelt.”

“I can’t thank the tutor and class enough for giving me a positive experience of writing.”

“It is a great intellectual environment where students are under no pressure to read their work out in class, but if they do then they are offered a lot of support, praise and encouragement. Listening to other peoples’ opinions about your work really does improve the way you write. Attending these classes encouraged me to think about a career change and I have subsequently become a journalist writing articles for a nationally distributed magazine called ‘History of War’. Put simply, I wouldn’t have even thought about applying for my current job had I not joined this group.”

“Informative, supportive course. Personally speaking it was a perfect balance of inspiration, helpful group critique and teaching of useful writing techniques.”

“Such a benefit! It’s made me look hard at my abilities and where to focus my attention. A real valuable tool in my progression.”

“Relaxed atmosphere. Good interacting of group. Critical, truthful and helpful. Teacher creates positive interaction of members, encouraging multiple approaches towards improved writing skills. Didn’t feel under pressure to contribute. Group always interested in others’ writing.”

“I like the fact that it’s a forum for getting feedback and also getting inspiration from other writing. I like how relaxed it is, lacking pressure, easy for first learners.”

“Really enjoyed the opportunity to listen to different peoples writing. Encouraging group and supportive which is great. It helped me start having a go.”

“Inspirational, positive and supportive environment. Friendly group and willing to give feedback. Good advice on writing techniques.”

“As a total newcomer to creative writing, this course has been enormously helpful.  The relaxed non-prescriptive format gives the student great scope for experimentation and constructive input from other course members makes for a friendly atmosphere.  Recommended.”

“Hearing the writing of group members being read out each week was very inspiring. The atmosphere of constructive criticism was stimulating, causing me to think more analytically about what was read and giving me confidence to begin producing my own work. As a new member I felt welcomed and encouraged.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the class on Tuesday nights and have met such lovely and encouraging people.”

 “A friendly writing group, that made me feel very welcome and helped me to grow my confidence in a relaxed and informative atmosphere.”

“A great group who give positive and really helpful feedback on work – with humour!”

“A wonderful atmosphere to encourage the inner writer in you to become an author.”

“Whether just starting out or an old hand, a great place to learn or hone and polish your writing.”

“Provides great inspiration and support for anyone who wants to write.”

“A relaxed environment, encouraging creativity and supporting aspiring writers.”

“A helpful class and perceptive tutor.  My writing has greatly improved.”

“Ideas, motivation and encouragement: The best things to ensure that you keep on writing.  The class provides all of them.”

“I came to creative writing quite late in life and the group is very supportive with their constructive criticism.  The aim of the group is to improve the quality of writing; and we use short stories as an alternative to novel length to inspire further creative ideas.”

“A great class that combines writing, feedback and theory in an unimposing format that encourages you to take part.”

“A very good class that gives excellent constructive feedback whilst allowing everyone to contribute in equal measure.”

“Welcoming and Friendly.  Found feedback positive and constructive – not too much to put into action.”

“I’ve enjoyed this course immensely and feel I’ve learned a lot from Steve with his insights and theories on creative writing, and also from listening to the members’ contributions.  Now I need to go away and digest and reflect on all I’ve learned – and maybe even put it into practice!”

“I have learnt a great deal from Steve and the group. It has improved my writing technique immensely as well as being thoroughly enjoyable.”