Creative Writing for Teachers

Teaching Creative Writing: For Teachers and Tutors Who Write (Or Want to Write)

Continuing Professional Development course for teachers and tutors:

2017 at the University of Leicester (the 2016 course has been cancelled)

"Just can’t fault this course. Thought-provoking and interesting. Balanced with focus and usefulness. This is the first time I have written this about any course anywhere!" (Course delegate feedback).

Outline | Venue | Tutors | Fees | Enquiries

The Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester is offering a two-day residential/non-residential teacher training course for current and trainee English teachers who wish to develop their own creative practice with a view to teaching creative writing, or for writers considering a move into teaching.

There are writers’ talks about prose fiction and non-fiction, drama and editing as well as interactive workshops focused on perfecting and teaching the writing craft.

The AQA specification notes that: “Creative Writing at degree level is taught primarily by practising writers. It is hoped that the teaching of Creative Writing in secondary schools and colleges will in some ways mirror this practice, with teachers and students working together as writers.” Teaching Creative Writing will help you to develop your own creative craft by means of seminars and workshops. Reflecting on your own writing, you will tackle pedagogical challenges presented by teaching creative writing and offer strategies for inspiring the very best work from your students. There will also be talks by authors about their experience of translating good writing practice into great teaching practice. After the course, participants and course tutors will establish a network and resource bank for continuing support throughout the teaching year.

Course tutors are experienced creative practitioners, former Heads of English and exam board representatives. During the two days you will experience workshops, seminars and talks, and there will be plenty of time to get to know your tutors and each other. A well-known guest author will give a reading and answer your questions at the evening dinner. Numbers will be limited to ensure a safe and constructive environment for you to share your own writing.

The course addresses the following questions:

  • What counts as creative writing and why?
  • What constitutes ‘good creative practice’?
  • How might teaching the subject improve my own writing?
  • How do I apply my own creative practice?
  • What are the most effective ways to run a creative workshop?

Course Venue

The venue for the evening meal and overnight accommodation is the beautifully-designed College Court, the University of Leicester's conference centre.

College Court is situated beside the Attenborough Arboretum, which gives it the feel of a countryside retreat. College Court has on-site car parking, WiFi and excellent service.

The venue for the course itself will be confirmed soon - this will be on the university's main campus, a pleasant stroll away from College Court.


Tutors at work during the course. Left to right: Jane Bluett, Nick Everett, Sue Dymoke, Harry Whitehead

Nick Everett is editor of the poetry magazine New Walk and Lecturer in the University’s School of English.

Dr. Corinne Fowler is Director of the Centre for New Writing. She is a published short story writer and fiction editor. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Dr Jonathan Taylor is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He has been teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education for fifteen years. He is a novelist, memoirist and poet, and his books include the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007).

Dr. Harry Whitehead is a critically acclaimed novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education’s HE Committee, and a consultant at national level on the new CW A Level.

We will once more be joined by acclaimed poet and author Daljit Nagra, who will give a reading and answer your questions at the evening dinner on Monday 6 July. Daljit is a poet and teacher whose works include Look We Have Coming to Dover!

Course Fees

The residential fee includes overnight accommodation at College Court, breakfast, lunch, refreshments and the conference dinner. Non-residential fees include lunch, refreshments and the conference dinner.

Residential: £445
Non-residential fee: £375
Hourly paid tutors: £195 (NB. Letter from employer or payslip required.)

Late cancellations of up to 3 weeks before the start of the course will not be offered a refund but will be given a credit note for the following year.


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The Centre for New Writing
School of English
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Dr Corinne Fowler

Deputy Directors:
Dr Harry Whitehead
Mr Nick Everett

Project Manager:
(Colonial Countryside)
Kevin Ncube

Useful Links:
Creative Writing at Leicester