WCN - UEA International Creative Writing Programme

Online and Face-to-Face Creative Writing Courses

Join the Writers’ Centre Norwich - UEA Creative Writing Online Programme and gain access to university level courses written and taught exclusively by our expert writer-tutors Anjali Joseph, Liz Berry, Ian Nettleton and Sarah Bower. This is your chance to benefit from the UEA’s world renowned expertise and reputation. Give your creative writing a real chance to progress. 

What We Offer
This partnership between Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA gives you the opportunity to work either online or face-to-face in 10 or 12 week courses in poetry or fiction. The courses are led by writers who have expertise both as writers and tutors. The courses are for beginners as well as for those ready to tackle something more advanced, and offer a Certificate of Attendance from the UEA/WCN.

Online Courses: Poetry and Fiction

Take an online course and work on your writing at a time that suits you. Working on our specially developed online learning environment using course materials designed by your tutor, you will benefit from individual feedback on your written work from your tutor for each module. This bespoke criticism will really aid your progression as a writer, and far out-weighs the level of personal feedback that you could expect on an average course. At the close you will get more extensive feedback about your work from your tutor, including advice about where to take your writing next.

Winter 2016
Applications for Winter Creative Writing Online courses (starting in October) will open later in the year. To register your interest early, please email info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Summer 2016

Fully booked!
11th April - 11th July 2016, £450
This 12-week course, run by prize-winning writer Anjali Joseph, will start you on a journey of discovery  into the world of short fiction writing. Learn the building blocks of how to create a good short story; how to create credible, interesting characters, and develop a plot.

If you would like to be placed on the reserve list for this course, or to register your interest for the October semester, please email megan.bradbury@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

About our fiction tutor, Anjali Joseph 
Anjali Joseph has taught English at the Sorbonne, written for the Times of India in Bombay and was commissioning editor of ELLE India. Her first novel Saraswati Park won the Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was joint winner of India’s Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction.Another Country, her second novel, was published in 2012. The Living, her third novel, will appear in March 2016.

Fully booked!
16th May - 15th August 2016, £450
Where do poems begin? How can we make language sing? Whether you're new to writing poems or have dabbled in the past, join prize-winning poet Liz Berry on a journey into the transformative world of poetry. You'll read inspiring poets, explore how poems take shape, and begin to create and share your own work with a friendly supportive group

About our poetry tutor, Liz Berry 
Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a poetry book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star. You can find out more about her and her work on her website

Face-To-Face Courses

Fully booked!
12 April - 21 June 2016, £230/£195 conc. Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich
During this 10-week course, take your love of reading short fiction and novels to the next level by learning the vital elements that go towards creating a great story. Have your work assessed in a supportive, critical and encouraging environment.

About our fiction tutor, Ian Nettleton
Ian Nettleton’s novel The Last Migration, was runner-up in the Bath Novel Award 2014. He has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia and teaches creative writing (prose, scriptwriting, journalism) at the UEA and the Open University.  He has freelanced for the BBC as a writer/presenter (summarising classic novels in sixty seconds, starting with War and Peace), appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book and critiqued for TLC, London. He is currently working on a novel about a boy whose father is an exorcist.

Fully booked!
12 April - 21 June 2016, £230/£195 conc. Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich
Find a sense of play and adventure in your writing and back it up with strong research and story-telling techniques in this 10 week face-to-face Writing Fiction: Intermediate course led by novelist Sarah Bower. Benefit from in-depth feedback from Sarah, along with peer support and workshopping sessions. 

About our fiction tutor, Sarah Bower
Sarah Bower is a novelist and short story writer. She is also a regular contributor to Words With Jam and the Historical Novels Review (which she edited for two years). She works as a mentor to other writers, and has taught creative writing at the University of East Anglia, the Open University and the Unthank School of Writing. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia where she is currently based in her role as manager of the mentorship scheme for emerging literary translators run by the British Centre for Literary Translation. In 2014, she spent a semester as writer in residence at Lingnan University in Hong Kong
Sarah is the author of three novels. Her first, The Needle in the Blood, was Susan Hill’s Book of the Year 2007. Her third, Erosion has an East Anglian setting, was published in 2014. Her work has been translated into nine languages.

Looking for something else? 

We also run day courses here at WCN, where you can hone your fiction, poetry, and genre-writing, and meet agents in order to refine your agent submissions, along with offering coaching and mentoring sessions to help you progress and offer ongoing support.

Visit our What's On page for all workshops and events.