Crime Writing Course

Our crime-writing course sets up a crime, which the group will have to solve themselves. There are three suspects, each with a motive. Using examples from Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and others, we show the group how the experts built up suspense, created memorable detective characters, planted red herrings and clues through their prose, and left the big reveal to the end. The group will come out of the course with their own crime story, which we will help them write over three days.

Creative writing section of the English language GCSE exam

Do you struggle with the Creative Writing section of the English Language GCSE exam? Do you find planning a challenge? Do you have bundles of ideas but struggle to transfer this to the page? Perhaps you are already a skilful writer but would relish a more creative approach, outside the classroom, to make your writing stand out and really wow the examiner (and yourself!)…

Our GCSE English language course offers help and inspiration with all the above. Given that the creative writing component of the new GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam is worth 50% of the final grade, this course is a useful weapon in your armour!

Playwriting Course

Our playwriting course was designed by Max Wilkinson, a young playwright, who has had plays professionally produced at the King’s Head Theatre, Theatre 503,The Platform Theatre, the Courtyard, The White Bear and many others across London.

By the end of the course each student will have completed a 10-minute play or scene. The course is comprised of plot and character building structures, exerts from films and plays, drama games and readings, which the students will use as inspiration for their own writing/ideas.

What if? Course

Most stories revolve around a question: What if the world froze but you were still moving? (Hamish and the Worldstoppers); What if our toys come alive? (Toy Story); What if our emotions were really little people in our heads? (Inside Out).

We will brainstorm the kind of questions which are answered in stories and help you to find the question that interests you the most.

This workshop comes packed with ideas on how to create three- dimensional, dynamic characters; how best to make settings and places come alive using descriptive language; how to plan a coherent plot and how to alter your writing based on the speed and tempo of the story.

Courses and Venues

We run courses at West Norwood LibraryEffraspace in Brixton, the Neighbourhood Church in Beckenham (Cromwell Road), Manor House library, Streatham LibraryCUFOS in North London and in Hove Library in Brighton.



Streatham Library, Tate Library, 63 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PN



Effraspace, 21 Effra Parade, Brixton, London SW2 1PX



West Norwood library, 16 Knight's Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0HY