This is a creative writing course which provides a supportive environment for new writers of primarily prose fiction, whether you are just starting out or already have some experience. It encourages you to express yourself creatively. Our life experience determines our creative imagination, so everyone has fascinating stories to tell.
The course covers writing in class, and home writing. Each week those writers, who would like to, will share their work with the group, and receive feedback. Looking at other people's work is extremely helpful in understanding how we can make improvements, and along with discussing practical strategies for creating a narrative, we hope to inspire you with the confidence to move on with your writing.
Fraser Grace has always loved writing. He works chiefly as playwright, has toured as a performance poet, enjoys writing for radio (both short fiction and drama), loves writing for opera, and most recently, wrote his first docu-drama screenplay. His best-known stage play, Breakfast with Mugabe, was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford–Upon-Avon and revived in the UK and the US, where it was shortlisted in the off-Broadway Awards, 2014. His most recent play Always Orange, helped open The Other Place, the RSC’s centre for new work.
Throughout his time as a writer, Fraser has also worked steadily as a teacher of writing, directing courses and workshops for institutions big and small, including the University of Birmingham, the Arvon Foundation, Cambridge Central Library, Anglia Ruskin University, Menagerie Theatre, Write On! and the University of Malta. In 2016, he was co-author with Clare Bayley of Playwriting: A Writers’ and Artists’ Companion (published by Bloomsbury), and in 2017, Fraser was made a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, resident at Anglia Ruskin University.
I’m delighted to be leading the Introduction to Creative Writing course at Hills Road this Autumn; I love helping people take the next steps in their writing, however much (or little) they’ve done before. I look forward to meeting all those who sign up - and to following wherever our passion for writing takes us.