This course provides a supportive, workshop based environment for people who are willing to share their work with others. A typical session has two elements. The first provides the opportunity for people to read their work to the group, bringing either a completed exercise from the previous week, or an extract from a work in progress. Emphasis is placed on the importance of giving and receiving constructive criticism, so that the experience is positive, not destructive. The second half provides practical guidance and exercises on: characterisation, dialogue, point of view, description, setting, plotting and shaping. Many come to the course having completed the beginner’s, but it is not a requirement. Some have gone on to study MA’s in Creative Writing.
Jo Browning Wroe is a writer and a teacher. She worked in publishing for 12 years before studying at UEA for a Masters in Creative Writing. She writes for educational publishers in the UK and the US and has received awards in both countries. Her most recent project, Graphic Lives, a collaborative project of 3 graphic novels to demystify the therapaeutic process for troubled teenagers was published in by Speechmark. She is Creative Writing Supervisor at Lucy Cavendish College and helps with The Cambridge Literary Festival. Her novel in progress was shortlised for the Bridport Prize at the end of 2017.