Creative Writing with Louise

Join Louise for a 6 week Creative Writing Course at Goldfinch Books, Alton.

Come and learn in a relaxed environment surrounded by books. We will discuss what makes an engaging character, the importance of plotting, how to craft believable dialogue, how to create setting and much more.

Entry to the course comes with lifetime access to the online content at Goldfinch, as well as a priceless network with whom to keep in contact as you continue to develop your craft.

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Why Join the Course?

This introductory course sets out the key elements of successful story writing, with a chance to practise along the way.

We will bring each of the stages of writing a novel into focus and you will be encouraged to bring your own writing to the table, and share whatever you are comfortable sharing.

The course provides a good, sound start to your writing journey in the company of a published author.

This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow  writers, to make new friends and to build your writing network so that you can continue the conversation beyond the end of the course.

Join us for 6 sessions of writing in a relaxed environment, with plenty of tea, cake and books!

Who is the course for?

The course is intended for writers who may be just starting out, or have been writing for a while but need a little bit of support or direction.

Perhaps you have written a novel or short story and are wondering what to do now? Or perhaps you are dreaming of writing a novel, but don’t know quite where to start?

For those who may be thinking about enrolling for a full time writing course – which can often mean thousands of pounds of investment – this short course is a great way to test the water.

What does the course involve?

Lou’s passion is historical fiction, but her course is applicable to most genres, apart from children’s picture books.

You will receive feedback from Lou on a section of your work in progress (if requested) and tailored recommendations for improvement, or next steps.

The course includes 6 x 90 minute face to face sessions in a group of 8 to 10 people. We will cover:

1. Beginnings, where writers get ideas, plots, hooks, and how to structure a story
2. Characters, details, archetypes and stereotypes, emotions and character arcs
3. Points of view, tenses, dialogue, showing versus telling
4. Conflicts, wants and needs, and the important elements that drive a story
5. Settings, locations as character, research tips
6. Endings, editing, where to go next…

Course Cost & Further information

The course fee is £195 per person payable in advance of the first session*.

Course content is available (forever) through the Goldfinch website member zone.

Course face to face sessions are one evening a week (90mins) for 6 weeks, held in the Goldfinch bookshop on nights when the bar is closed to the public so we will have space and quiet.

Access to the online zone will be through password login for members only.

Membership is automatic on purchasing the course.

Free tea and coffee for delegates on course nights!

*Note there are a small number of Goldfinch sponsored places on all our courses and Member Options for those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds, those with mental health challenges, and for those of limited means to cover the costs. Further details on request at application.

How to Join?

If you are interested in Louise’s course, please see Goldfinch Books website, where there is further information on how to sign up…