The Unthank School of Writing produces a range of affordable, accessible creative writing courses and workshops in Norwich and elsewhere. All our workshops are delivered by a team of professional writers and skilled tutors. Our tutors have published well-received books or have worked in film and television. They are all practicing writers, reviewers, editors and university lecturers with years and years of experience to pass on to beginners and other writers in need of structure and support. All provide a convivial and lively atmosphere where you can both learn and grow, and meet other likeminded writers and participate in the wider community of the Unthank School and its sister organization Unthank Books, one of Britain’s freshest and most exciting literary imprints.
Our creative writing programme allows writers to work their way up. Our Introduction to Writing Fiction provides a strong foundation that will help you get started with your writing. Here, you will learn how to manage writing time and use notebooks, how to think through and deploy the key stylistic elements of a story and provide tips on editing, presentation and how to submit to publishing markets. We have a comparable introduction to TV drama in which students not only learn the basics of the craft but also create their own TV series script and write it as a team, just like in the real world. It’s a very professionalizing experience for scriptwriters who may have become used to writing alone. Tips and tricks learned here are applicable to all forms of drama, not just the soap and the serial.
For more experienced writers, or graduates of the introductions, we have ongoing Advanced Workshops that allow students to develop their work-in- progress in a lively, friendly and supportive atmosphere, receiving more individual feedback than in a traditional university course and without the unnecessary burden of having to work towards assessment and write critical self-appraisals. The Advanced TV Workshop provides a similar environment for scriptwriters and allows groups of writers to develop a series they devised in the introduction. We help you achieve what you want to achieve from your writing, whatever the genre and whatever stage you’re at.
We also run a 25-week Writing the Novel course for students who are just turning their hand to longer pieces or who feel they need the support and structure of a workshop to complete a novel project. Here, we spend some time reading a novel paragraph by paragraph with a tutor to get an idea of what a novel is and how one can be written. There is also a rigorous workshop element, with students submitting longer passages for group discussion.
As an Unthank School student you will be part of a wider community of writers and be invited to attend Unthank Books events and book launches, as well as qualify for a discount on all Unthank and Unthank Cameo titles. All our students will be eligible to submit work to UnVeiled, the forthcoming journal just for Unthank School students. Students will also be eligible to read at the annual Unthank School Project U: The Unthank Prose Event in Norwich.
All our courses are currently held on weekday evenings. We are currently taking registrations for introductions and workshop courses April 2015 and for Writing the Novel in September.