Highgrove Education

Introduction to Creative Writing

Unleash your imagination and embark on a journey through the vibrant world of storytelling with our Introduction to Creative Writing course. This course is designed to spark your creativity and refine your literary voice. You’ll unlock the secrets of effective storytelling, and hone your writing skills through engaging exercises and constructive feedback. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and empowered as you discover the boundless possibilities of the written word. Whether you dream of penning your first novel, crafting captivating short stories, or simply exploring the art of expression, this Introduction to Creative Writing course promises to ignite your imagination and set your words free.

Private Tuition

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMs Philippa Ronan, Head of English
Course Length10 weeks
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
Entry RequirementsNone 

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1We are all magpies – where to begin?
Lesson 2The importance of setting.
Lesson 3Creating believable characters.
Lesson 4The writer’s toolkit
Lesson 5How to plot.
Lesson 6Using the senses.
Lesson 7Writing dialogue.
Lesson 8Pulling it all together.
Lesson 9Sharing and feedback.
Lesson 10Sharing and feedback.

Teacher Profile

Ms Ronan is a published author and English teacher with over thirty years teaching experience, most recently at Harrow School Online where she taught A level English Literature. She is an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge where she lectures on teaching creative writing. She has published many books, both non-fiction and fiction, including her latest novel, Apple from the Tree. Ms Ronan holds a BA honours degree in English and American Studies from The University of Hull, a Masters in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University and a PGCE in English and Drama from the University of Sheffield.