Creative Writing Course for Teenagers

TUTOR: Emma Pass is the award-winning author of dark, gritty fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, ACID, won the North East Teenage Book Award and was picked by YALSA as a Top Ten Amazing Audiobook for 2015. Both ACID and her second novel, The Fearless, were nominated for the Carnegie Medal. The Fearless won the Concorde Book Award in 2016. Her novels have been published in the UK, US and Spain. She’s been a Patron of Reading and a writer-in-residence for First Story, and is the co-founder of the UKYA and Children’s Extravaganzas.

DURATION: 6 weeks

Start Date: 17th June 2020 – 1 place available

Note: We are currently experiencing a high demand for our online creative writing courses. We therefore recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. 

FEE: £120 

Places are strictly limited to 10 participants.

While it states that it’s a creative writing course for teenagers, it is suitable for anyone aged 12-18.

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 1: Ideas and Inspiration
Where do ideas come from? Module 1 looks at how you can take inspiration from a wide range of sources from all around you, and turn them into material for your stories.

Week 2: Bringing Your Characters to Life
If you’re writing fiction, it’s vital to create believable characters. This module will show you how to do this using a variety of different exercises to spark ideas and build a character from scratch.

Week 3: Voice, Viewpoint and Dialogue
Now you’ve created a character, it’s time to think about your writer’s voice, point of view and
dialogue. This week you’ll be looking at what ‘voice’ actually is, how the point of view you choose
affects the story you’re trying to tell, and the importance of writing strong dialogue.

Week 4: World Building and Settings
Fully-realised settings are important too, whether your story is set in another world or in the
corner shop! In this module you’ll look at ways to create vivid settings, and how to place your
characters there.

Week 5: Pin Your Plot Down
We’ve all heard the saying “every story should have a beginning, middle and end”, but what does that actually mean? This week you’ll be studying the basics of story structure, using existing stories as examples, have a go at plotting out your own beginning, middle and end and writing an opening that hooks your reader in.

Week 6: Getting Stuck, and Getting On
This module looks at everything else: exercises to help beat the dreaded writer’s block, tips for
redrafting and editing your work, and what to do next – whether that’s pursue publication, enter competitions or start writing your novel!

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 Once you have processed the payment, we will email you within 24 hours to confirm receipt.

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Our next Creative Writing Course for Teenagers course starts on 17/06/2020

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