Creative Non-Fiction Course

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Lucie is a multi-award-winning writer based in County Durham. Her memoir LIFE AFTER YOU was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. Based on her award-winning blog WIFE AFTER DEATH (Blog North Awards 2013), it is a Sunday Times best seller and was a Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club pick 2015.

Her pilot TV script WIFE AFTER DEATH won Best New Comedy Script in the All3Media New Voice Awards 2021 and is in development with Objective Fiction. She has recently been awarded Arts Council Project Grant funding for R & D on her debut theatre show, working title LATE CHECK OUT.

Her novel THE MOTHER was one of the final four in Mslexia’s Novel Competition 2020, and in 2018 she was awarded one of three Northern Writers’ Awards for Fiction for her novel-in-progress THE SONG OF ANNIE CHAPMAN.

Her short stories – T-SHIRT WEATHER and LATE NIGHT FINAL – were shortlisted in the Guardian Short Story competition and Soho House Magazine respectively. Lucie holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Critical Writing (research area: Notions of Loss in Creative Non-Fiction) from Newcastle University.

Next course starts on 31st January 2023 – 2 places remaining

We are currently experiencing a high demand for our online creative writing courses. We therefore recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. 

Price: €170

Duration: Six weeks

You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take the course. We accept students from around the world.

You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. The course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever you wish. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback.

The online intermediate creative writing course will allow participants to explore specific writing techniques which help build a bridge between the beginner and the more experienced writer. The creative impulse is very much an element of this journey, it helps to maintain a healthy imaginative register. Each module will guide the participant towards producing a strong body of writing based around relevant exercises and prompts.

Note: The tutor will email you on the course start date with your first module. Please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

This is a course for adults.

Course Outline

Week One: What is Creative Non-Fiction?

The first lesson defines creative non-fiction itself. It takes the participant through the basics
of the genre, and offers them the chance to write a short of creative non-fiction of their own.

Week Two: Creating Non-Fiction Characters

The second lesson guides participants through creating non-fiction ‘characters’ of their own.
Although characters in non-fiction are drawn from real life, this lesson shows the participant
how to engage the reader and create stories from them.

Week Three: Creating Non-Fiction Settings

In the third lesson, we ask what makes a good setting in creative non-fiction? Similar to the
previous lesson, the third week guides participants through creating a non-fiction setting of
their own through the advice of professional writers.

Week Four: Writing Personal Narratives

The second half of the course guides the participant through various forms of creative non-
fiction. First on the list in lesson four is the personal narrative. The participant learns how to
write a personal narrative of their own.

Week Five: Writing Subjectively

The penultimate lesson will guide the participant through writing subjectively. Rather than
removing yourself through your writing, this lesson teaches you how to write a subjective

Week Six: Writing Your Life

The final lesson in this course guides the participant through writing their own memoir. It incorporates advice from various authors to help the participant write the most personal form
of creative non-fiction.


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Start Date

31st January


6 weeks




Lucie Brownlee