Write Now

This exciting course combines the study of contemporary novels and group discussion with the opportunity and inspiration to develop your own creative writing. 

Write Now: Spring 2023 SOLD OUT

When Tuesday evenings, 6 pm to 8 pm

8 meetings

24 January to 21 March 2023 (no class 14 February)

Where University of Bristol, Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB.
Tutor Dr Joanna Nadin

Write Now uses excerpts from award-winning contemporary novels as a springboard for discussions about the current craft and context of creative writing, as well as prompts for your own work, from prose to verse fiction and life-writing. Each week will include in-class exercises, and dedicated time to work on your own pieces, culminating in a celebration session of reading and feedback.

Course tutor Dr Joanna Nadin is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol. She has also taught for Arvon Foundation, Bloomsbury, and Bath Spa University, and is the author of more than 80 books for children and adults, including the Carnegie-nominated Joe All Alone, which is now a BAFTA-winning BBC drama.

Course outline

Examples of novel excerpts you will read on the course include:

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Without Warning and Only Sometimes by Kit de Waal
The Poet by Louisa Reid 

Course fee


Previous qualifications/experience No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

This course has now sold out

To join the waiting list, please email English-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Email: english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk
Tel: 0117 928 8924

What our students say...

I loved the course. Jo is a delightful teacher. She is very knowledgeable and encouraging. I loved the combination of learning about writing through discussing books.

Write Now student, Autumn 2021

I really enjoyed the opportunity to do something creative and challenging for myself after a few years of raising young children. I have never done any creative writing before, but I found it was a supportive and non-judgemental space, so I felt brave enough to read my work aloud. I enjoyed the chance to discuss the texts in depth and learn how to apply the different techniques we explored in my own writing. I looked forward to the sessions each week!

Write Now student, Summer 2022
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