TUTOR: Kerry Drewery is a YA writer published by HarperCollins Children’s and Hot Key Books with work translated into more than a dozen languages. Her novels have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded ‘Highly Commended’ at the North East Teen Books, and her latest – Cell 7 – was shortlisted for CrimeFest Teen Crime of the Year and won Spellbinding Book of the Year. She’s been teaching creative writing for over six years for various organisations including First Story and Writing East Midlands on both long projects and shorter ones. She has a First Class Honours degree in Professional Writing with Lancaster University, and was awarded a place on a BBC Writing Drama residential after being short-listed in a scriptwriting competition. She has guest lectured at Grimsby University Centre.
DURATION: 6 weeks
Start Date: January 12, 2021 – FULL
Our creative writing courses for teenagers are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
Places are strictly limited to 10 participants.
This is a creative writing course for teenagers. If you are 11 or 12, you can check out our course for 10-12 year olds here.
You don’t have to be based in the UK to take the course. We accept students from around the world!
This one-to-one creative writing course fits in with a student’s schedule. You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. Instead, the course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever it suits you. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback. You’ll find out more about how the online courses work here.
Week One – Inspiration
Ideas and inspiration are all around us in many different forms – news stories, photos, overheard conversations, someone’s lost glove left on the path, a cat dashing through gardens, or even our own memories. In this module we’ll look at observation and how to use those things to kick-start an idea and build it into a story.
Week Two – Planning and plotting
With a choice of ‘what if’ scenarios (e.g. what if an alien knocked on your front door; what if you found an old love letter) we’ll look at how to take a simple idea and build on it. Using post-it notes we’ll create individual scenes, moving them round for best effect before choosing which ones to write.
Week Three – Beginnings and endings
What makes a good beginning and ending? This module gives the student a chance to look at different examples of beginnings and endings, what they think works and why, and write their own, either using work from module one and two, or creating new ones.
Week Four – Character
Why are characters important? What do they need? How do you create one and what makes a good one? Looking at all these things students will create their own character(s) and see how they react when they put them into a situation.
Week Five – Point of view and dialogue
We’ll look at how the telling of a story can change depending on if it’s told in first or third person, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students will then create the same story using both POVs and think about their preferences.
Week Six – Setting, drafting and re-drafting, and what next?
After looking at settings students will choose two different ones to tell (or begin) a story. Then, either using those, or work from earlier weeks, we’ll look at editing and drafting and how to hone your story. Finally, we’ll look at what to do next whether that’s completion of a short story, beginning a novel, looking for another course, or entering competitions.
PAYMENT/REGISTRATION: Please note that we do not require you to fill out a registration form. Instead, please click on the ‘Check Out Securely’ button. During the payment process, you can input your name and email address. If you’re paying on behalf of the student, when you have processed the payment, please send the relevant email address and name for the course correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have processed the payment, we will email you within 24 hours to confirm receipt.
Our next Creative Writing Course for Teenagers course starts on 12/01/2021