Creative Writing Online Course Autumn Term 2020 – Blogging, short story, flash fiction, memoire 

During Lockdown there was a growing excitement around learning to write.  This course will equip you to produce punchy, readable pieces of fiction and non-fiction and to polish them for publication, particularly on the internet.

We’ll be looking at the basics of how to make an impact with short pieces of writing.

We shall read and review each other’s writing in this supportive class.

Newcomers very welcome.  The class will take place using Zoom which has worked well for our other courses during lockdown.

Tutor – Clare Hobba, Clare is an award-winning blogger and regular contributor to the St Albans Podcast and Radio Verulam.  Her fiction has been runner up for the Winston Graham Prize and long-listed for the MsLexia Novel and Short Story Prizes and the Cinnamon Prize.  Clare has performed her short stories on many occasions at the Greenbelt Festival and St Albans Literary Festival.  She is also the author of the book County Durham Through the Ages and of over forty non-fiction articles and papers on everything from artificial intelligence to Roman roads. She is a prize winning blogger – A Sideways Look at Empty Nest Syndrome

Clare has been teaching Creative Writing since 2009.

An Introduction to our Creative Writing Group, BeauSandVer Writers:

Current and former members of the group have:

  • had several novels published,
  • had plays performed at Luton Scriptlab, & New View at the Abbey Theatre,
  • been longlisted and shortlisted for a number of literary prizes, including Yeovil Short Story prize and the Wells Literary Festival Prize and the St Albans Literary Festival Prize.

BeauSandver Writers have performed their work on a number of occasions, at the St Albans Literary Festival and St Albans Residents First Weekend and on Radio Verulam (see links below).

Short stories – Clare Hobba and Nick Churton, BeauSandVer Writers

Short stories – Rachael Simpson and Liz O’ Connell, BeauSandVer Writers

Short stories – Steve Clough and Helen Brown, BeauSandVer Writers

Short stories – Rob Wood and Emma Legouix, BeauSandVer Writers


Cost £66
Date Monday 5th Oct – 16th November,  – no session 26th October due to half term (6 weeks)
Time 7.30 – 9.30 pm
School Verulam School

NB Classes will not run if too few people enrol. Fees are not refundable for people dropping out of a course or missing classes. Fees will be refunded only if a course does not run.

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