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About Writers Reading Group (WR12 Autumn)

This course combines a reading group with a writing course. Read published texts and analyse them as a group, then use them as a model to develop your own creative writing skills.

What will you learn on this course?

The Writers Reading Group is a creative hybrid of a writing and reading group in which short stories, novels, and other texts are selected as models for developing your own writing. From studying accomplished prose writers, you will learn writing skills such as characterisation, plot development, techniques of description writing and dialogue, how to write a good short story, and plot outlines. Through discussing good fiction, you will move beyond simply loving or hating the book to being able to use it as a prompt to develop your own writing.

Each term will focus on a different genre or style of writing, such as memoir or dystopia. Two or three books will be discussed each term, for each book you will spend one session discussing it, then one or two sessions sharing participants’ writing responses to it. The tutor will lead the sessions and facilitate the group in giving feedback to each other.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers. Participants to do not need to be experience in writing, but they should be confident readers who welcome the opportunity to engage with new material.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please bring a notebook and a pen.

Are there any additional costs?

Students are required to read the books being discussed on the course in order to fully benefit and contribute. You will need to purchase or borrow these books at your own expense.

Who teaches this course?

Polly Wright

Dates and times

  • October – November