Learn writers’ secrets in a fiction course for beginners

Mark Kirkbride

13 Sep - 4 Oct

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course: Full Fee £70; Retiree Fee £60; Concession Fee £50

Class details

Join us for our new course writing fiction and learn writers’ secrets. If you are a beginner, this four week course is ideal. It is led by published author and experienced tutor, Mark Kirkbride, who gives you lots of support.


7 – 9pm

13 September – 4 October

Fees: £70 (Full Price); £60 (Retiree Price); £50 (Concession Price)

The fee includes light refreshments

Limited to 12 writers

You will learn the key elements of fiction and put them into practice in a friendly and supportive group. The four weeks will cover everything you need to know if you want to start writing. The course includes

  • coming up with ideas and basic decisions (genre, point of view and tense)
  • character creation and conflict
  • structure
  • scenes and plot
  • showing instead of telling

This four week course is ideal for beginners who are keen to learn writers’ secrets and launch into prose – either short stories or something longer. All you need is a notebook (paper or IT) and a pen.

Each week Mark gives you

  • support notes which summarise the week’s lesson
  • homework to help you improve your writing

We look forward to seeing you in September at the start of your literary journey.

Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 13 Sep - 4 Oct
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Fees: Course: Full Fee £70; Retiree Fee £60; Concession Fee £50

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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