Creative English

Creative English is ideal for people who wish to improve their English-language proficiency in a relaxed and inspiring workshop environment. Through reading, writing and conversation, participants will not only gain confidence communicating in English, they will also get to explore creative writing in its many forms.

Unlike formal English-language classes following textbook exercises, Creative English fosters learning and development through creative writing and sharing. Participants will become confident in using imagery, metaphor, English idioms, colloquialisms, and learn some of the best and worst English language cliches.’

Previous creative writing experience is not required. Creative English is ideal for participants with an intermediate level of English (at least B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR]).

How Creative English Works

Creative English sessions are facilitated in English by Australian author and Sunday Writers’ Club co-founder Paul Malone and run over an eight-week semester.  Each session includes:

  • Creative writing prompts centred around an inspiring theme
  • Individual writing time (with the facilitator available for questions)
  • A session focus: English language usage and elements of fiction
  • Sharing time: writing from the current session (1st draft) or from an earlier session (revised draft)

Participants are encouraged to revise and edit their favourite creative writing pieces in English to share with the group at a later session and with their intended readers.

Participants will also have the opportunity to publish their best writing on the Sunday Writers’ Club blog.


Creative English Spring Semester 2020

Full course details to be announced in February 2020.

Semester start: March 2020

Semester end:  May 2020

Sessions: 1 session per week (weeknight)

Location: Cocoquadrat, Wiedner Hauptstraße 65
1040 Vienna https://www.cocoquadrat.com

Maximum participants: 12

Price: €225 (8 sessions)

Outcomes: Increased English-language confidence and proficiency, creative writing experience and a creative writing portfolio.


Course Registration

Full course details will be announced in February 2020. To register your interest, please fill out the form below. You will be sent an invitation when registrations open. 12 places will be offered for the Spring program. Please read the terms and conditions below before registering your interest.


Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy and Refunds

  • Cancellation at least 14 days prior to semester start: full refund
  • Cancellation between 7 and 14 days prior to semester start: 50% refund
  • Cancellation less than 7 days prior to semester start: no refund
  • Course cancellation by organiser: full refund
  • Session cancellation by organiser due to illness / unforeseen circumstance: 12.5% refund
  • No refund will be issued for missed sessions / non-attendance.

English-language level

Participants acknowledge the course is run for people with an intermediate level of English (at least B1) according to the CEFR . To be successful in this course, participants are expected to speak and write at an intermediate language level.

Course Participation

To get the most out of the course, participants are strongly encouraged to write and share their writing in English and to participate in group discussions.

Course Transfer

The course is not transferable. Only registered participants are entitled to attend.

Course language

All Creative English sessions are run in English. Participants are encouraged to communicate in English. Only English-language writing will be shared in the group.

Sharing

Creative English is run in a fun and supportive group environment. No one is expected to have perfect English or outstanding creative writing ability. Participants are encouraged to support one another in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Due to time constraints and participants’ capacity to listen attentively over a long duration, each participant will have the opportunity to share a part of their writing only in any given session.  The actual reading time allocated to each participant is subject to the facilitator’s discretion.  Generally, each participant can expect to be allocated 2 to 3 minutes reading time per session.

Revision and Self-Editing

Participants are encouraged to revise and self-edit their creative writing between sessions. This way, participants will develop their English-language writing skills along with their own portfolio of creative writing.  

Suggested Reading

Although not necessary, participants may find it helpful to have an English-language reference book on hand for revising and self-editing.  The following book is recommended:

Rules for Writers by Dianna Hacker and Nancy Sommers.

Professional Editing Services

The course fees do not cover corrections or editing by the facilitator. Where required, a professional editing service is available through the facilitator at €25 / page (doubles-spaced size 11 font)

Contribution to the Sunday Writers’ Club Blog

Upon course completion, participants will have the opportunity to submit their favourite writing piece for publication on the Sunday Writers’ Club blog. Participants are encouraged to edit their writing before submitting.

Contribution details will be provided during the course.