Kick start your writing journey
Unlocking Creativity is our flagship creative writing course and the first step towards achieving your writing goals, whatever they may be.
Professional writers, graduates of university writing programs (including MAs and PhDs) through to complete beginners have raved about the dramatic impact the course has had on their writing and storytelling skills.
There is an old saying that you can't be taught to write, but you can learn. The four weeks will take you through a transformative creative process. As one participant said, 'I have just had the most amazing month of my life. From dreaming about being a writer, I now feel that I AM a writer.'
Your writing improves from the very first class and continues to do so with each session as you implement the course lessons. You will gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals of story structure, which most people find a profound and lasting revelation.
As you apply what you learn over the four sessions, your characters and stories start to come alive on the page in such a way that other people will want to read what you have written.
Week One: You will do a series of exercises and learn how to tap into the power of your imagination - the true source of creativity.
Week Two: You will explore what is stopping you from reaching your creative potential as a writer and learn how to create emotion in your writing using bricks of significant detail. This brings your characters and writing to life.
Week Three: You will learn how to further develop characters and start writing scenes. You will gain key insights into story structure and how a story works at a deep level. You will also learn how to build images into your work, one of the fundamental building blocks of fiction.
Week Four: You will write a guided short story applying everything you have learnt from the course. The class will also show you how storytelling is a profound dance between structure and imagination.
Over the four sessions, you will be amazed at how much your creative confidence grows and the dramatic improvement in your writing as you implement the course's tools and techniques. You will experience the joy of unlocking your creativity and making writing part of your life.
If You Need to Miss a Session
You can make up the session by working through the course materials online.
Online Component and the Writers' Board for the Live Course:
Designed to keep the Tools & Techniques alive during the week
In addition to the face-to-face classes at the Bronte Studio, you will receive structured at-home daily exercises designed to put the tools and techniques you are learning into practice.
Once you've completed the exercises, you may post them onto your course Writers' Board, an interactive, custom built board on our website only open to your course. Your tutor will give feedback on one piece of your writing every week.
As well as receiving feedback from your tutor, you will interact with your fellow writers by learning to give and receive targeted feedback. This will nurture your creativity and develop your writing. To improve, you need to see how others respond to your own work and become a more discerning reader of other writers' work.
How Much Time is Required Daily?
The time required for actual writing per day starts off with as little as 10-15 minutes. It is by doing a little every day and forming a writing habit that you become a writer. This way, you experience the pleasure of accessing your creativity on a regular basis and working towards making your writing dreams a reality.
However, the whole process from writing your exercises, typing them up and then posting them onto the Writers' Board and giving feedback could take around 45 minutes to one hour a day, four to five times a week. You can do much more if you have time! Or much less. It is totally up to you.
The practical application of the tools and techniques provided, coupled with the interactive writing exercises and targeted feedback, will enable your writing to take a quantum leap forward over the four weeks.
In the video below, Michelle who attended our most recent February 2018 course, discusses what she gained from doing the Unlocking Creativity course: