In this week’s podcast we discuss the benefits and pitfalls of writing groups and give listeners some ideas of the options available (see below).
The links included are local to Sheffield but you will find similar classes near to you unless you are in a remote area, in which case you can check out online courses. You might prefer an online course for a variety of reasons. If so the links below are an example of what’s available.
The different types of writing educations/groups available:
In person, local classes that often run for a number of weeks for a set fee. People can also sign up for day, weekend retreats, or even longer. https://www.arvon.org/
Fellowships and grants are sometimes available https://literatureworks.org.uk/resources/bursaries-and-grants-available-for-writers-in-the-uk/
Online courses that range from free, https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction to paying a set fee. http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/find/creative-writing
If you fancy becoming a graduate or post graduate degree there are a range available at Universities, such as the Sheffield MA https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/ma/course/creative-writing
Free writing community groups, http://www.hivesouthyorkshire.com/young-writers-groups
WEA courses, https://www.wea.org.uk/yorkshire-and-humber/autumn-2018-19-courses-rotherham-sheffield
Library courses https://sheffield.carpe-diem.events/calendar/9083795-creative-writing-group-at-sheffield-central-library/
Courses can be tutor led or peer led. You can of course start your own group and/or you might consider getting together with a writing friend to encourage and support each other.
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