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Creative Writing: Short Stories, Flash Fiction and Poetry

Course Description

On this course you will learn the importance of making every word count and you will deepen your understanding of how to build tension, set the scene, write dynamic characters and create effective dialogue. You will learn further principles of good writing and identify how short stories are crafted differently from novels. You will recognise key elements of poetry and some of its different forms and use your senses to create vivid imagery.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

You will need a good level of written English, at least GCSE level.

Course Content

This ten-week course is for those wanting to develop their creative writing skills in poetry and short stories. You will develop new ways of looking at creative writing and expand your critical awareness of your own and others' writing. You will be able to write and receive feedback in a supportive atmosphere, learn some essential principles of good writing and acquire some simple techniques to improve your own. The course is also intended to inspire and promote your writing confidence. We will explore the writing of short narratives, such as stories, flash fiction and poetry. The course will foster your writing confidence and help you to think critically and independently. We will also look at anthropomorphism, self-editing and travel fiction. We will begin each class by reading and examining texts that illustrate the various topics. This will be followed by writing exercises. In the final part of the session everyone will be invited to read aloud from their work. You will receive regular verbal feedback from your tutor and peers, in a safe environment. By the end of the course you will be able to: identify how short stories and flash fiction are crafted differently from novels identify what makes a good beginning when writing shorter narratives identify ways to plot your short fiction recognise key elements of writing poetry and some of its different forms use vivid imagery in your prose and poetry create credible characters and dialogue recognise the importance of self-editing produce short pieces of fiction and poetry Tutor: Lucy Popescu is an experienced creative writing tutor. Her publications include A Country to Call Home, A Country of Refuge, The Good Tourist and Another Sky. Lucy also reviews books, theatre and film and is chair of the Authors Club Best First Novel Award.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Practical written work Reading and discussion Groupwork All resources used within each lesson are available on the online learning platform, iLearn. In addition to the classes you can explore further reading and extend your writing exercises.

Independent Learning

In addition to the classes you can explore further reading and extend your writing exercises.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. . Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572