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Dates: 20/04/18 - 29/06/18
Days: Friday 12:30 - 14:30
Sessions: 10
Centre: Wallington - Wallington
Course Code: W50027B10NG
Fees: Standard - £50.00
Concessionary - £35.00

Course Information

Introductory info

Discover new ways of writing and free your words on the page, and learn ways to shape and edit your work, with this supportive course of guided activities and workshops.  


What are the overall aims of the course?
During this ten-week course, you will learn creative writing techniques and processes in a safe, encouraging environment where you will be able to play and try out new creative writing challenges, as well as learn more about editing and sharing your work.  The course is appropriate for absolute beginners through to published writers. It will provide a safe atmosphere to learn, with an understanding that the act of creative writing can improve mental wellbeing.


What will I learn on the course?
The course will begin with a series of themed sessions, featuring stimulating activities on various writing methods and techniques.  Later in the course, sessions will focus on redrafting, editing and performance.

Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and drama will all be included.  The course content and themes will develop in response to students’ interests.

Subjects may include:

  • Beginnings and endings
  • Place
  • Character
  • Point of view
  • Dialogue
  • Sound
  • Observing
  • Voice
  • Using a notebook
  • Shaping your work/structure
  • Redrafting
  • Workshopping
  • Performance


Are there any entry requirements?
This is an all abilities class for adults. Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome. 


Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course? Yes


If my course requires a Course Approval interview/assessment, what do I do?
You will need to contact the Curriculum Manager for mental health for a pre-course assessment to discuss whether the course is suitable for you.  Please contact the Curriculum Manager for mental health on 020 8773 5887


To be considered for a place on this course, you can also register your interest by clicking on ‘Enquire’. If you do not already have an account with Sutton College, you will need to create one before you can make an application.


How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)



How will my progress be checked?

Informal assessment in class                                     
Tutor observation

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

What do I need to bring with me to class?
Pen and paper (or electronic device if preferred).  Notebook for out-of-class use. 


How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?
Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning.  Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre.  For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College


Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?
Yes.  To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See


What can I do after the course has finished?
Creative Writing for Mental Wellbeing or Creative Writing: Poetry, Short Stories and Novels.


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