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New Courses from Writing East Midlands


Two new creative writing courses, both beginning in the new year, are now open for bookings on the Writing East Midlands website.

Psychology for Writers is a 5-week online evening course investigating what can be learned from psychology to create more complex, believable and memorable characters. Each session will use a blend of short exercises and teaching from lead writer Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD, educator, story consultant and author of The Science of Writing Characters (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Drawing on easy-to-use approaches from evidence-based psychology, Kira-Anne will teach you to flesh out a developing character, discover their voice, practice their dialogue and engage your reader. This course will work best for fiction, screen and stage writers at any point in their career with a project already in development.

Workshops will run between 12th January and 9th February 2022 on Zoom, every Wednesday evening from 7-8pm. Book your place by 9th January for £100 with a concessionary price of £90.

Writing East Midlands’ second creative writing course, Start Anywhere welcomes all abilities and ambitions. It is especially well-suited for busy writers, as the entire course is delivered by email. Each week, participants will receive modules, complete 2-3 hours of exercises, submit their writing and be given rigorous feedback that puts their writing goals first. You don’t have to be online at any specific time, meaning you can write when it suits you. All you need for this course is internet access.

Feedback on previous iterations of Start Anywhere and the course’s lead writer, Jim Otieno-Hall, have been overwhelmingly positive. Jim is a writer, educator and support worker whose published work includes Arrival, Drop Your Cool (2014), Boy (2015) and Elsewhere. He firmly believes that everyone has a story to share and is excited to hear yours.

Start Anywhere runs for 6 weeks, from 9th January to 20th February 2022. Book your place by 9th January for £120.

To find out more about either course, click the links below:

Psychology for Writers with Kira-Anne Pelican

Start Anywhere with Jim Otieno-Hall

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