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Announcing the birth of something completely different in creative writing…

I’ve taught writing in art galleries and museums, draughty church halls and university lecture theatres. I’ve met some amazing people and I’m proud to say that I am still in touch with writers who attended the very first class I taught as well as students who graduated from Goldsmiths College five years ago and emerging writers who left my class in the summer … As a writer it’s a privilege to spend so much of my working life with others who share my enthusiasm for storytelling and language but now for something completely different…

 THE BEACH HUT WRITING ACADEMY is an educational co-operative of published working writers.  Between us we cover almost every genre, from young adult to crime and short stories to children’s books, non-fiction and script writing.

Our world is writing and publishing and we want to share it with you through a range of high quality and affordable courses in Brighton and Hove. And the difference is in the kind of courses we can offer: relevant, responsive to writers’ needs rather than the demands of an educational institute, focussed and specialised, delivering up to date insider information – there’s nothing theoretical about what goes on in our classrooms.


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October 15th – December 3rd Thursday morning 10am-1pm
Eight weeks. Each session will last three hours.
A small group, a friendly relaxed atmosphere and industry insider tips makes this an unmissable course for beginners and emerging writers.
Course leader Araminta Hall’s first novel Everything and Nothing was a Richard and Judy read in Autumn 2011
Location The Hive in Hove.
Fee: £195

Bridget Whelan teaching

October 15th – November 5th Thursday afternoons 1pm-3pm
Four week intensive – you’ll come out with a complete short story and receive a page of feedback written by both tutors.
Competitions have launched many writing careers. Learn how to get the attention of the judges for all the right reasons and discover where to send your work.
Course leaders This is my course (that’s me above in full flow…)  I will be working with Erinna Mettler (below) so two for the price of one. We have both won and judged competitions. Erinna is a novelist and a founder member of the spoken word group Rattle Tales. She is also a Director of The Brighton Prize. I’m a novelist who has written a best-selling guide to creative writing (see the column on the right hand side)
Location: Cornerstones Community Education Centre, Hove
Fee: £65

Erinna Mettler

Kate Harrison

November 12th – December 3rd Thursday afternoons 1pm-3pm
Four weeks. Four novelists. Four workshops.
Location: Cornerstones Community Education Centre, Hove
This inspiration-packed course will help you perfect your pitch, so your submission to agents and publishers really stands out. Covering self-editing, hooks, titles, synopses and how to handle the waiting game, these four connected workshops are led by authors who understand the market and what you need to succeed. Workshop leaders include: Kate Harrison (above), author of 16 fiction and non-fiction books, and Laura Wilkinson (below), novelist, editor and mentor, who writes contemporary fiction and steamy romance.
Location: Cornerstones Community Education Centre, Hove
Fee: £65

Laura Wilkinson author and editor

And here’s a taste of what’s coming up in 2016…

Sue with cast
Writing for TV & Radio with Hannah Vincent & Sue Teddern (above with the cast of
Hannah worked as a BBC Television Drama script editor and her radio play, Come to Grief, won Best Adaptation at the 2015 Audio Drama Awards. Sue’s credits include Homefront (ITV) and (Radio 4). She is co-author of Bloomsbury’s Writing for TV & Radio.
Good for anyone interested in sitcom, comedy-drama, classic serials, original dramas and single plays. This course will include character development; telling stories aurally and visually and getting your scripts ‘out there’.



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4 comments on “Announcing the birth of something completely different in creative writing…

  1. janesaunte
    September 3, 2015

    Wish I lived in Brighton!

  2. A.K.Andrew @artyyah
    September 5, 2015

    How exciting Bridget!!! Ive spread the word to my Brighton writing buddies:-)
    Oh & I love the title!!!

    • bridget whelan
      September 5, 2015

      Thank you Kate for spreading the word. Very exciting time all round – read at a music festival today (how rock ‘n’ roll is that?!) and I’m off to Portugal next week to teach creative writing at a workshop…

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