Aspects of Craft: Writing Fiction (Beyond Beginners)

Mark Kirkbride

17 May - 9 Aug

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course: Full £180; Retiree £150; Concession £120 (Pay As You Go available)

Class details

Join us on Tuesday evenings as we explore the aspects of craft. Writing fiction is a popular topic in OPEN’s creative calendar and we look forward to seeing you.


7 – 9pm

17 May – 9 August (no session on Tuesday 31 May)

Course Fee : Full £180 ; Retiree £150 ; Concession £120

Pay As You Go Weekly Rates : Full £20 ; Retiree £15 ; Concession £12

Payment includes light refreshments

Limited to 12 writers

This series of workshops is ideal for those with at least some experience of writing fiction. If you want to develop your skills further in a friendly, supportive – socially distanced – group, this is a great course.

Each week Mark will focus on a different topic or cluster of topics. These will vary from new approaches to familiar aspects of craft such as

  • characterisation
  • conflict
  • perspective
  • dialogue
  • plot
  • manipulating sympathies
  • thinking about genre
  • writing immersive prose

This course will get you writing regularly and by the end of it, you will have produced a body of work.

The only materials you need to join the course are a notebook (paper, or IT) and a pen.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 17 May - 9 Aug
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Fees: Course: Full £180; Retiree £150; Concession £120 (Pay As You Go available)

About the tutor

Mark Kirkbride

Mark Kirkbride is the author of three books published by Omnium Gatherum in LA.

His novel Game Changers of the Apocalypse was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards 2019. He’s written freelance across a range of media, including for a game developer, an app developer and Historic England, but he specialises in fiction. His short stories have appeared in Under the Bed, Sci Phi Journal, Disclaimer Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine and So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

He’s taught the ‘Working as a Writer’ module at Middlesex University and is a Creative Workshop Tutor for the University for the Creative Arts.

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