Summer term Children's Creative Writing at Wells Bookshop: starts Thursday 19th April

Next week is a new term, and that means another chance for children aged from 7 to 12 to join my  Creative Writing course at P&G Wells Booksellers, Winchester. In an atmospheric classroom at the top of winding, creaking stairs, with a view of the cathedral and a cardboard Gruffalo looking on from the corner, I will be taking a small group of children through another whirlwind of stories, poetry, and fun. It”s a chance for children who love to write to do more of it, learning some new tools and tips along the way, and getting feedback on how to do it better and better.

Here are the details:

  • It starts on Thursday 19th April (though it will be possible for children to join later if there”s space)
  • It’s for children aged between 7 and 12
  • It’s a 10-week course (excluding half term)
  • Classes run from 5 to 6.30pm on Thursdays
  • The cost is £105.

At the end of the course the children choose their favourite pieces and prepare them to go into a professionally-printed book. This gives them a lasting record of their work, as well as a real author’s experience of the pride of being published. The book is included Darin was given an in- suspension until his father came to pick him up and take him back home. in the course fee.

Although the classes are not mainly about helping children with school, I do know that the classes have had an impact on their writing for school. Children have had awards from school for poems they have written in my groups, and teachers have told parents how their children’s writing has improved.

Above all, I make the classes fun: creativity should be a joy, and I want the children to feel that writing is a pleasure that they can keep going all their lives.

Some comments from parents:

“The classes are proving highly beneficial so please keep up the great work Brian!”

“I have just returned from my son”s parents evening. Not usually a highlight of the term. This time however was different……. My son has apparently “jumped” two sub levels in his writing in just over a term. He is thrilled that he can now “do” writing. I am thrilled that someone has found his “on switch” – a switch that was well and truly off until he joined your course.”

“[Our daughter] is getting a lot out of these classes and she is a bright imaginative little girl and just needs encouragement and inspiration which your classes are providing.”

“[Our son] has really loved his classes with you – I can”t thank you enough for your input.”


All booking is handled by P&G Wells. You can email them or call them on 01962 852016 to reserve places. The groups are limited to 12 children.

If you have any questions, please email me and I’ll do my best to help.

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