Creative Writing - Short Stories - Stapleford Library - Community Learning

Stapleford Library, Nottingham

Key details

Date -
Sessions Saturdays: 10am - 12pm
No. sessions 5
Venue Stapleford Library, Nottingham
For ages 19+
Group size 5 - 15
Cost FREE - £45

About this course

Do you want to write short stories but don’t know where to start? Or have you been writing short stories for a while yet would appreciate a helping hand? 


This course is a relaxed exploration of short stories, including writing practice.  


The course includes finding story ideas and creating characters as well as how to structure and develop your short stories. 


We will also examine techniques used in published texts and use this to inspire new writing.  The class will be about encouragement and sharing, and there will be opportunities to give and receive feedback. 


What will learners achieve by the end of the course?  

  • Write at least one short story. 
  • Collect a bank of ideas. 
  • Gain inspiration from a piece of published writing. 
  • Give constructive feedback to others in the group. 
  • Share work with the group for feedback. 
  • Suitable for beginners and improvers. More experienced writers may like to try this as a refresher course

You will need:

  • Pen and paper or alternatively, a portable device to write your stories on. 

There are no set books that you must read for the course because a range of published texts will be provided but you may find the following of interest: 

  • Margret Geraghty: The Five Minute Writer: Exercise and Imagination in Creative Writing in Five Minutes a Day

Booking your place and fee information

If you are in receipt of certain benefits you will be offered the course for free, however if you have a financial barrier which may prevent you from enrolling on the course  please visit our webpage for further information  https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/skills-learning/funding-your-courses/

To secure your place on the course BOTH the following must be done:

  • Complete the EVENTBRITE BOOKING.
  • Complete our INSPIRE ONLINE ENROLMENT FORM for each person attending the course.

You should be redirected to the Inspire Online Enrolment Form after completing the Eventbrite booking.  If you are not redirected, please use the link supplied in the Eventbrite booking confirmation email.

To book and enrol on one of our courses, you must have been living in England and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years.

Some exceptions may apply if you are living in England with evidence of the right to remain and are from an EEU/EEAU country (completion of a questionnaire will be required).

As we no longer receive funding for our ESFA-funded courses for learners living in the devolved areas listed below, full cost fees would apply to these courses if you live in these areas:

  • Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield 
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater London
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire

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