WSEM black - smallestOur new programme has begun – what’s your Writing School course?

We teach courses, workshops and events, and our programme reflects our commitment to providing excellent tuition in a supportive and creative environment. We welcome writers of all abilities regardless of experience and academic qualifications, whether you write recreationally or a professional author or a new writer at the start of your career. All of our courses can be booked individually or you can book one of our Building Block bundles specially designed to help you develop your craft (and together are much cheaper than many residential courses).

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Our tutors are not only celebrated writers and performers in their own right, but accomplished teachers acknowledged for their skills and ability to work with a broad spectrum of readers and writers across a range of genres and forms, including the literary novel writing, crime fiction, short fiction, memoir, science fiction, romance, poetry, spoken word and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Our tutors are: Wayne Burrows, Stephen Booth, Joanna Barnden, Alex Davis, Roberta Dewa, Ian C Douglas, Rod Duncan, Alison Dunne, Jacqueline Gabbitas, John Gallas, Maxine Linnell, Alison Moore, Mahsuda Snaith, Joel Stickley, Megan Taylor, Lydia Towsey, Polly Tuckett, Paula Rawsthorne, Victoria Villasenor and Adele Wearing.

Writing school programmesOur Special Events programme offers wonderful opportunities to work with distinguished visiting writers from across the country. Guest tutors have included Judith Allnatt, David Constantine, Rob Gee, Mimi Khalvati, Kathryn Maris, Sue Moorcroft and Farhana Shaikh

We’re delighted to have creative partnerships with Attenborough Arts Centre, Derby City Library and Waterstones Nottingham, and to have generous hosting from our course venues: LCB Depot, Phoenix Arts Centre and The Y.

To book a course online with Writing School East Midlands, please choose from the selections in Leicester,  Nottingham or Derby. To make payment by cheque please complete our booking forms (Notts/Leics or Derby) and send it to us by post. Before you book, please read our Terms & Conditions.

Gift Certificates available now.

Help your friends make time for writing. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for the writer in your life or just want to treat a friend to some writing time, our gift certificates are just the ticket. From a minimum of £20 and are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. Click here to purchase or call 0115 959 7929.

Writing School East Midlands is a sister company of Writing East Midlands Ltd which exists to promote, support and champion writing from the region.

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Based at venues across Leicester, including Attenborough Arts Centre, the LCB Depot, The Y and Phoenix Arts Centre, we deliver short writing courses and special events taught by professional fiction writers, poets and editors.


Our Writing School Nottingham courses are held in the Sillitoe Room at Waterstones Nottingham, and include courses and workshops for writers of all abilities. We provide a welcoming and nurturing environment where writers can share their work and they can learn new skills to develop their writing.


Our new Writing School in Derby, in partnership with Derby City Libraries, takes place in libraries across the city. We offer courses on novels, short fiction and a practical course on getting published in magazines.