Creative Writing Programme – Brighton (Year 2)

Key facts

Programme length: This is the second year of a 2 year course.


Monday Afternoon 1pm – 3pm
Tuesday Evening 6.30 – 9pm
Friday morning 10am – 12.30pm

CWP Term Dates:

Autumn: 28 September – 11 December 2020 (10 weeks)
Spring: 11 January – 26 March 2021 (10 weeks)
Summer: 19 April – 24 May 2021 (5 weeks)

Venue: The Writers’ Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT

Entry requirements: No formal qualifications required.

Programme tutors: Dr Mark Slater (programme director), Catherine Smith, Rosie Chard, Dr Jac Cattaneo, Dr Beth Miller, Dr Hannah Vincent, Bethan Roberts

Fee: £995 per annum (Fees can be paid in full or in monthly instalments over 6 months)
Fee includes a non-refundable deposit of £100

Optional Weekend Schools £30 per session (5 hours). Optional Publishing Day £50

There are limited places available on the second year of the Creative Writing Programme in 2020 – 2021 in  Brighton. Priority will be given to students who have completed the first year of the programme in 2019 – 2020.

If you have experience of working in writing groups, have done short courses at university level or are working on a novel or collection of short stories and would like to apply, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Mark Slater at:

If you have any further enquiries about the programme, please contact

The Creative Writing Programme in association with New Writing South

Two years: One seminar a week for 25 weeks per year. (This is the second year of a two year course)

Course overview

There are limited places, subject to availability on the second year of the Creative Writing Programme in 2020. You would be joining a group of writers who have already spent a year working together, developing their work. If you have worked in a writing group before, have taken courses at University level, or you are working on a novel or a collection of short stories, this course will help you focus and develop your work.

The Creative Writing Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project. Whether it is a novel, a novella or collection of short stories, your course tutors will teach you the writing techniques you need to complete your work, offer you focused written feedback and help you set realistic deadlines.

In the second year the focus will shift from short scenes to longer narratives: you will develop your understanding of plot, story structure and the ‘world of the story’; explore the complex relationship between characters, narrators and readers; discover the importance of theme, conflict and dramatic tension and gain further insights into language, technique and style.

Throughout the course you will continue to explore all aspects of characterisation, deepening your understanding of the function and role of character as you move from short character sketches to multi-character scenes to the complex interaction and character development of longer narratives. You will be shown ways to enhance your own creativity, hone your critical and editing skills and develop your eye for a good story. In the writing workshops, you will share, discuss and evaluate your work with the other writers in your writing group.

By the end the programme you will have significantly increased your understanding of how to write good fiction, have developed a substantial body of work and have either finished your writing project or be in a position to bring it to completion.

The programme is delivered through weekly seminars in which you will develop your writing technique through practical exercises, readings, discussion of published work and group discussions led by your tutor on different aspects of the writing process. All our courses are supported by interactive learning sites where you can access seminar notes and exercises as well as a Writer’s Forum in which you can contact other writers in your group, share work and information about events and contact your tutor.

Over the course of the two-year programme you will work closely with two of our tutors. On each course you will be offered one-to-one tutorials and a Weekend School and at the end of the programme you will be given the opportunity to discuss your work with a publishing professional.

Course 3. Story Structure
Autumn Term 2020: 10 weekly writing seminars (two and a half hours), tutorial and an optional Weekend School (early December)

In this course you will explore a number of ‘classic’ plots and different approaches to narrative structure and consider the ways they can be utilised within different genres. You will consider the key turning points in the structure of a story; the importance of beginnings, middles and endings and transitional scenes in narrative; further ways of generating tension and conflict to create narrative drive and hold your reader’s attention; ways of focusing and connecting your writing to increase coherence and resonance and ways of managing the writing process so the narrative arc you create fully realises the story’s potential. You will also continue to make progress on your writing project and will give and receive criticism of your own and other’s work in progress. At the end of this term, you will submit work to your tutor for a written critical appraisal and will discuss your work with them in a one-to-one tutorial.

Course 4. Writing Workshops
Spring and Summer Terms 2021: 15 weekly writing seminars (two and a half hours), plus an optional Publishing Day

This part of the course is designed to offer you further insights into writing technique especially in the drafting and re-drafting of texts. It will focus on the structural editing of key scenes as well as developing your editing skills and appreciation of sentence and paragraph construction. In the second part of the course, the writing workshops, you will focus your attention on critical appraisal of the writing process, both on the level of prose and the level of story. In this final part of the programme there will be a series of writing workshops in which longer pieces of work, written by you and other writers in your group, will be read and discussed. At the end of the course you will be invited to a Publishing Day where you will be given advice on how to prepare for publication and an opportunity to discuss your work and the different routes into publication that may be open to you with visiting agents and publishing professionals. In July you will submit a final long piece of work to your tutor for written critical feedback.

Please see Year 1 Programme for details of Course 1 and Course 2

CWP Term dates
Autumn: 28 September – 11 December 2020 (10 weeks)
Spring: 11 January – 26 March 2021 (10 weeks)
Summer: 19 April – 24 May 2021 (5 weeks)


This course is now sold out. Enrolments for 2021-22 will open in spring 2021.

Update July 2020: Given that social distancing measures are currently in place, all courses delivered by the Creative Writing Programme will be taught online via Zoom for the first term. The Creative Writing Programme will take a decision about teaching in subsequent terms based on government guidance at the time. Before booking a course with the Creative Writing Programme please ensure that you have access to a computer/laptop connected to the internet with a video camera (most modern computers have one built in).

All tutors on the Creative Writing Programme have experience of teaching online and there is a secure and stable system for providing this service built into the Creative Writing Programme website.  Participants will be given a simple step by step guide to accessing the Zoom platform and advice and support from our tutors and IT staff. Moving classes online will not have any significant effect on the structure or content of the class.

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28 September 2020 - 24 May 2021

£995 per annum (Deposit: £100 non-refundable)

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