In Praise Of Creative Writing Courses


As part of my launch of my latest book, a small volume of poetry called The Sincerest Form Of Poetry, I’ve been making myself a nuisance across various blogs. In one exchange I read a comment by Pam of Rough Wighting, on the subject of creative writing which she teaches. And that made me ponder how essential creative writing courses have been to my progress as a writer and why that is.

To wander into a little background, I am something of a course junkie, maybe also a coarse junkie but that’s a different post. From my earliest writing moments, in July 2006 when I took a short intense course of writing a ten minute radio play to graduating with a creative writing MA from Sheffield University I attended the following:

  • two week long residential courses run by Arvon, a UK provider of a variety of writing courses from…

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