The Writing Workshop’s Creative Writing course for ages 11-18 is designed to fire your imagination by developing focused creative writing skills and introducing new techniques.
The online workshop take place in a secure, password-protected environment. It comprises a series of exercises to assist with developing setting, character and plot, and to show how closely linked these elements are in writing extended narratives.
You will receive personal feedback for every piece you post. Each course lasts six months, and participants undertake exercises at their own rate (we recommend one exercise per fortnight). Every completed task receives individual feedback from a published and experienced writer, and we strongly encourage redrafting.
Our evaluation is not given in the form of marks but in suggestions to improve and expand each piece. We ask participants to consider these suggestions and to redraft where they believe they can improve the piece. We want you to write well, and to write within your own aesthetics and preferred genres rather than externally imposed modes.
Participants in this group may also respond to each other’s work via an online forum — all comments are moderated.
Although these workshops involve regular writing exercises and mentor feedback, a level of self-motivation is required. The workshop requires internet access from home, and some parental supervision and encouragement.