Spiralling upwards

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A FREE intensive Creative Writing Course
and Literacy Workshop

Have you been a UK/EC/EEA resident for the last 3 years

Are you aged 16 or over?

Do you live/employee/volunteer in Greater Manchester?

If so you are eligible for this  free  two-session course at Bury College (OCN accredited and supported by the European Social Fund, terms and conditions apply)

Saturday 23rd February 9.30 ?" 4.0


Saturday  1st    March    9.30 ?" 4.00

at Link House, 35 Walmersley Road, Bury BL9 5AE


This short course is suitable for people who enjoy creative writing.  Working in a group, a range of activities will help the beginner to feel confident and the practised writer to extend their scope with writing issues which interest them - spiralling out from the known to the unknown, the predictable to the extraordinary. 

You will need your own writing materials (scissors, ruler and a stapler will be useful). 

Please bring a packed lunch on the Saturdays, or be prepared for a short walk to local shops.

Best thing I have done for ages”

“Captivated by tutor, liked her delivery style and appreciated her encouraging words”

utwards is a compact free writing course which includes

Practical writing exercises to inspire and extend your scope

Friendly constructive discussions about your writing and how to move to another level.

A creative project for an external Open College Certificate which we aim to complete by the end of the two workshops.

Experience of an assessment online to check your Literacy level against national standards. A certificate is available.

*The online Literacy assessment is an interesting way to confirm your current level of literacy and gives you a Nationally recognised qualification.  This assessment takes one hour only and full instructions will be given.


This is a unique opportunity to complete a full Open College Network Certificate in Creative writing (Portfolio) Level 2 in a compact course.   You will be
asked to complete some writing at home between the two sessions.

Although we may use computers for some parts of the course handwritten work is acceptable and for some aspects is most suitable.

Your tutor is Marguerite Heywood who teaches adults preparing for University at Bury College.  She has been Poet-in-Residence at the East Lancs Railway and is writing a book about that.  She is an experienced tutor of Creative Writing at all levels and has an MA with Distinction from the University of Bolton.  She has led a Renga (a publicly written poem by a group of writers) and has given workshops for several writers’ groups in the area.  Marguerite is the editor of a book of poetry by women survivors of domestic violence “Behind a door”, and is currently editing an anthology of writing for a local writing group.  She says:
I am interested in all kinds of writing especially experimental work but most of all I love a beautifully tuned sentence, heavy with meaning, which wears its significance lightly.  And I like funny things. All writing sends you on a spiralling journey outside yourself.

“A superb course which really demanded that I be creative and use my mind in ways which I would never have attempted”

How to join:   Ring 0161 280 8280 and reserve your place.

Places are limited and will be awarded in order of application.

◄ Bank Street Writer's Poetry Competition 2008

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