Advanced Writing Workshops 2019-2020


CWP in collaboration with New Writing South

Tutors: Hannah Vincent, Lizzie Enfield, Catherine Smith, Umi Sinha, Dr Sally O'Reilly

This higher-level course has been designed for writers who have completed either the Creative Writing Programme, an undergraduate or a masters programme in creative writing, or who have work in progress and can show they are capable of working at this advanced level.

The aim of this course is to provide a forum for writers who are committed to finishing novels or collections of short stories and who are looking for a critical and supportive audience for their work in progress. It also acts as a place where writers can meet regularly to discuss the creative process, share their enthusiasm for literature, swap information on publishing and inspire and energise each other.

Course details

Every month your group will meet to workshop work in progress and discuss and explore aspects of writing technique. The three-hour session will consist of group workshops, with three members submitting 5,000 words for constructive feedback each month, along with discussion and practical exercises, chosen by your tutor, on aspects of technique that have emerged during the workshopping process. The focus of the workshops will be on critiquing and discussing work in progress, particularly on the coherence and integrity of plot, structure and characterisation. As well as the opportunity to workshop longer pieces of work you will also have the opportunity to submit three extracts of 2,000 words of work in progress directly to your tutor for feedback and guidance. You will be encouraged to be supportive and critical readers of each other’s work. Between meetings, you will be able to share work, information about events and books and raise questions about writing technique with other writers in the group through the interactive webpage for the course on the Creative Writing Programme website. Towards the end of the year you will be given the opportunity to meet and discuss your work with publishing professionals.


Dates (You can can join one of four groups running at different times)

Saturdays 10am to 1pm at the Writers' Place, Jew St, Brighton

Dates: Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 18, May 16, Jun 13, Jul 11.

Or: Oct 19, nov 16, Dec 14, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr 25, May 23, Jun 20, Jul 18.

Saturdays 6pm to 9pm at the Writers' Place, Jew St, Brighton

Dates: Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 18, May 16, Jun 13, Jul 11.

Saturdays 10am to 1pm at Sussex Coast College, Hastings

Dates: Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 18, May 16, Jun 13, Jul 11.


Key facts

Programme length: One year in monthly sessions
Starts: October 2019
Venues: The Writers’ Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton and Sussex Coast College, Hastings
Entry requirements: Writers will need to submit a 2000 word extract (with a short synopsis where necessary) along with a covering letter identifying relevant experience of working in writing groups, listing any publications and offering a brief outline of their writing project. 

This application should be emailed to the Programme Director, Dr Mark Slater at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Programme Director: Dr Mark Slater
Course tutors: Hannah Vincent, Lizzie Enfield, Catherine Smith, Dr Sally O'Reilly
Fee: £400 per annum 

For further information on this course or our other programmes contact 
Mark Slater:
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To apply online go to: enrolments will open Easter 2019

For enrolment details contact
New Writing South
9 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT
t: 01273 735353
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