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Creative Writing for Beginners

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36 Camberwell Church St
SE5 8QZ London, UK

Denmark Hill or buses to Camberwell

Using in-class exercises and take-home assignments this course focuses on the nuts and bolts of constructing narrative fiction, such as point of view, characterisation, structure, dialogue and theme. you will look at ways to build writing into your lifestyle and the processes of editing and rewriting. You will also have fun with words and create a deconstruction collage piece. There is opportunity to workshop, enabling you to feel comfortable sharing your work and to learn critiquing tools, as well as benefitting from valuable feedback. You will work towards a final piece of 1,000 – 2,000 words for a final night of readings.

Students who wish to continue with their creative writing in a supportive productive environment may wish to graduate onto Writers Workout.

 

 

“This course makes you think and believe in yourself – and is fun to boot. It is brilliantly structured, and the group and peer-to-peer feedback is really helpful when it comes to developing stories and character arcs. I feel much more confident about my writing.”

Ellla Walker, March 2017

Literary Kitchen provides a fun and friendly space to be creative with your use of words. Whether you regularly write or haven’t yet dared to give it a go, this course will help you develop your writing and grow in confidence as a writer.

Ella Berny, March 2017

 

“This course is one of the best things I have ever done. Through the at times gentle, at times forceful, insistence on us writing, reading, editing, deleting, rewriting and thinking, I now relish the craft, and have written everyday for the past ten weeks. I will be shouting from the rooftops about Literary Kitchen for ever  more.”

Ben Benton, Dec 2016

 

This course is fun, interactive, fascinating and captivating. And completing a story is very satisfying.”

Surinder Singh, Dec 2016

 

Great course. It got me writing, and I finished a short story! I will definitely recommend this course.”

julie Fahy, Dec 2016

 

“I didn’t expect the two hours per week to be so productive and inspiring. I really enjoyed the group dynamic and the teaching.”

Kim Dhillon, Dec 2016

To read more testimonials click here

Fee: A £50 (non-refundable) deposit confirms your place on the course. The balance of the fee must then be paid in full via BACS transfer before the course begiins. Once the course has started Literary Kitchen is unable to offer refunds.

 

 

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News

WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2017 – LATE NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY, GOLDSMITHS LIBRARY

Literary Kitchen was proud to showcase three alumni – Regina Freedman, Andrew Lewis and Ella Berny at Goldsmith’s Library’s World Book Night 2017 event, The Library at Night. We were treated to dadaist poetry, a sultry chanteuse, poetry, open mic, and “special guests: author, Irenosen Okojie and poet, Rachel Long as well as readers from Open Book, Intoart, the Black British Writing MA and Literary Kitchen”. Pure magic!

 

MA ACADEMIC PRACTICE

Literary Kitchen director Andrea Mason has been awarded an MA Academic Practice with Distinction at Goldsmiths.

 

‘HAPPY HANUKAH’ REGINA FREEDMAN

Literary Kitchen alumna Regina Freedman’s story, Happy Hanukah, is published in the Oct 22 issue of the London Journal of Fiction. Hurray! Read it here.

 

ANDREA MASON, ‘TOUCHES’

Andrea Mason’s piece Touches appears on Otoliths issue 43, a piece of concrete prose based on the artwork Touch Sanitation by Mierle Laderman Ukeles. You can read it here.

 

MORE ALUMNI NEWS

Lauren Miller, graduate of several terms of Writers Workshop, and now a part-time creative writing MA student at Birkbeck, is featured in the forthcoming issue of The Mechanics’ Institute Review, Issue 13 (MIR13). The launch event, took place in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts Building, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD on Tuesday 27 September.

Fellow Writers Workshop graduate Peter Yeoh has published a story in Visual Verse. Read it here.

Recent graduate of Writers Workout Andy J Lewis’s short story, The Witch’s House, written on the course, has been selected for publication in an anthology Writing Local/Thinking Global, produced as part of the forthcoming Hillingdon Literary Festival. See details here. The festival takes place 7 – 9 Oct, and you can pick up a free copy of the anthology.

Hats off to all of you.

 

MINIATURE STORY HAT TRICK

Hurrah! Writers Workout student Fran Beckett is featured miniaturestory for June 15, 2016. Fellow student Allyson Fisher is featured miniaturestory for June 22. Making it a hat trick, Mel Carvalho’s story is featured 21 July 2016. All three writers wrote their miniature stories as part of the Writers Workout course. Well done everyone!

 

WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2016

Literary Kitchen has curated the headliner section of an evening event for World Book Night at Goldsmiths Library. Our fantastic readers will be Eley Williams, Iphgenia Baal and Julia Calver. Book free tickets here.

 

THE STORY OF MONEY

Ever found money down the back of the sofa? Or a wallet dropped in the park? Come and explore your relationship to money via this 2 hour workshop for 12-16 year olds, led by Literary Kitchen director, Andrea Mason.

Saturday 20 Feb, 2-4pm. Rabbits Road Institute. To BOOK email info@rabbitsroadinstitute.org. For more info click here.

 

PECKHAM WRITING MAP

All systems go to create the first Peckham Writing Map, a limited edition of 500 which will be available free for the week of the Literary Kitchen Festival 12-18 October at The Peckham Pelican. This will be Writing Maps first site-specific map. Let’s hope it is a fruitful long-term collaboration, since we plan to expand into Abergavenny and New York!

 

AUGUST 2015 – ANNA MAZZOLA GETS TWO-BOOK DEAL

Anna Mazzola is the first Literary Kitchen student to obtain a book deal. In fact, she bagged a two-book deal with Tinder Press for her debut novel The Unseeing, a story which began life at a Creative Writing for Beginners course in 2011. She subsequently undertook several terms of Writers Workshop before graduating on to courses at City University. Read more about Anna’s journey here. Needless to say Literary Kitchen is immensely proud.

 

LITERARY KITCHEN FESTIVAL 2015 KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

The campaign has launched, and runs until August 22nd. To read all about it, make a donation, share with family and friends, click here.

 

MAY 2015

Literary Kitchen alumni and mentee, Lauren Miller, has been accepted onto the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA. Congratulations Lauren!

 

MARCH 19 2015

Another fine evening of poetry and prose at The Peckham Pelican with Lit Live. See it here: https://www.facebook.com/goldlitlive/photos_stream

 

DEC 11 2014

This Thursday evening saw 19 writers, poets, performers from Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway give their finest in a 3 Act extravaganza at The Peckham Pelican for Lit Live!, a Literary Kitchen/Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre collaboration.

“The new Bowery Poetry Club“, Marisa Carnesky. Hell Yes!

 

OCTOBER 2014

Literary Kitchen were invited to curate the final leg of Litcrawl 2014 on Sat October 11, alongside Clinic, The White Review, Review Bookshop and Liars’ League. Literary Kitchen presented Sex Flash Marathon at The Peckham Pelican. 15 writers performed a flash fiction or poem on the theme of sex. Singer/songwriter Trevor John finished the night with a bang, or rather a song. Our host with the most was Andrew Alston, and DJ for afterwards was F£rg Mon£y.

NB. Two performers, Ella Frears and Rachel Long, were both shortlisted for the Young Poet Laureate. Congratulations

 

JUNE 2014

Literary Kitchen hosted its inaugural writing festival, a week long programme of events, walks, talks and workshops at The Peckham Pelican. View the PDF of the programme Festival Programme, or look at the webpage here.

 

MAY 2014

Literary Kitchen are hosting Creative Writing Workshops at the Clerkenwell Design Week as part of Parkin Whitman‘s events programme for Milliken.

 

2013

More success for alumni Anna Mazzola, who has won the Retreat West short story competition 2013. Well done Anna. Look forward to the novel.

Read more student success stories here.