Bring Out The Author In You

Course Code: LS18118BL

Programme: Course

Wensum Lodge
169 King Street


Start Date: 27/02/2019
End Date: 15/05/2019
Day of first lesson: Wednesday
Total length of course: 10 Sessions
Start time of first lesson: 19:00

Directions to venue

From the City Centre, near the Castle, turn along Rouen Road and turn left into King Street. From the Norwich City Football Club ground, heading away from the ground/retail parks, take the first turning on your right immediately after the river bridge, then turn right again into King Street.

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Course Description

Do you want to write? Perhaps it's something you've dreamt about for years but somehow you don't know how to get started. In this highly practical ten week course, multi-published local author Margaret Johnson has designed activities to stimulate your imagination and to boost your self-confidence. Margaret is a multi-published author of women’s fiction and award-winning fiction for people learning to speak English. She has an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the University of East Anglia.

What will I learn?

In this course you will have the opportunity to develop your fiction-writing skills. The course will be a combination of taught input (including creative writing exercises) and feedback on class members' work in progress. This may require you to read other students' work in the week prior to a session. The content of the taught part of sessions will be flexible in order to be able respond to identified needs as we go along, but may include structure, writing believable dialogue and creating three-dimensional characters. We will work on tasks individually, in small groups and as a whole class and there will be an emphasis on boosting confidence and imagination. By the end of the course you will have a clearer idea of how to give and receive feedback on work in progress, and this will stimulate your development as a writer.

Is this course right for me?

You may already have attended a creative writing class previously or have started writing fiction on your own. If not, you are still welcome to attend.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring a pen and paper to the class. Your tutor will advise you if any extra items are required for the following weeks - e.g. a small object to spark inspiration, magazine cut-outs, your current reading matter.

How much does this course cost?

All of our Leisurestream courses are run purely on the fees that you as a learner pay as there are no government subsidies. Unfortunately this does mean that there are no concessions available so the full fee is applicable to everyone.

What qualification will I receive?

This is a great opportunity to develop your writing and make new friends. There are no formal qualifications awarded at the end of this course.

What can I study next?

Norfolk Community Learning Services offers a wide range of both government-subsidised and self-financing courses. You may wish to continue on your current LeisureStream course and, subject to availability, you are welcome to do so. Alternatively, you may be interested in progressing onto a government-subsidised course or qualification. We recommend that you speak to your tutor or look on our website for further opportunities.

Courses that go well with this course?

Leisure Stream offer a variety of Creative writing courses that you may wish to progress onto.

How to apply.


All of the courses that we run and are available for you to apply for are advertised on our website:

The easiest route for you to apply for a course is online. If this is your first time applying then you need to set up an account, otherwise you can simply log in using your email address or learner reference number and your password.

For Leisurestream and Community Learning courses you can enrol yourself directly onto the course and make your payment using a debit or credit card.

For our English and maths courses you can enrol yourself online onto the course and no payment is required as these are generally free. Once you have enrolled onto the course the tutor will be in touch with you to discuss the course and to give you the joining instructions.

For qualification courses you can apply online and we will invite you to attend a pre-course information session. At this session one of our tutors will discuss the course with you and make sure that it is exactly what you are expecting and make sure that you will get the outcome you want.

By Phone

You can call us on 0344 800 8020 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm where one of our Customer Service Advisors will be able to help you to enrol or apply for your course. We have a dedicated phone number with specially trained staff if you want to apply for an English or maths course so to apply please call us on 01603 306530.

Where can I get additional support?

Financial support is not available for learners attending LeisureStream courses. If you feel that you need a course where support is available, we run a wide range of government supported courses that would be more suitable. For further information all of these courses are available on our website

If you have a learning difficulty, a disability or another reason for needing extra support in the classroom, we may be able to arrange support for you throughout your course.

On LeisureStream courses, the cost of extra support in class is £11 per hour, and this would be paid for by the individual learner or shared between a group of learners requiring support in a class. This will be discussed with you at the time when you apply for extra support.

We can also, at your own cost, arrange assessments for Dyslexia Screening.

You can contact the Learner Services Team on 01603 306551 or by email at