Creative Writing Course for Teenagers

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TUTOR: Kate Bradley has written two psychological thrillers: TO KEEP YOU SAFE (2020) and WHAT I DID (2021), published by Bonnier Zaffre. She has signed another contract with one of the major publishers and her next thriller, is due out in spring 2023 (announcement pending), with a fourth scheduled for 2024. Kate has enjoyed success in creative writing competitions and loved having a short story published in Hello! magazine last year.

She is a qualified Teacher of English, holds a first-class degree in English Literature and is a confident coach. Kate has a warm teaching style and teaches children, teenagers and adults, in person, via video conferencing and at festivals. As someone who knows what it’s like to go from pitch to publication, Kate is practised in supporting others, both with their creative writing and their writing career aspirations.

This online creative writing course for teenagers is a perfect starting point for young people who want to learn the fundamentals of creative writing.

Next course starts on February 21st, 2023 – 2 places remaining

(If you booked a course commencing January 25th, with Emma Pass or Eve Ainsworth, these courses are still going ahead as scheduled. We just removed them from the site as they were full and to prevent overbooking.)

Price: €170

Duration: six weeks

Course is limited to 10 participants.

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

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

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

This is a creative writing course for teenagers. If you are younger than this, you can check out our course for 7-12 years here.

When you have processed the payment, please email us at with the student’s name and age.

Week One – Start Where?

Getting started is often the hardest part. The greatest idea of all-time pops into your head, only for a blank page to glare back. This week, we will ease that pressure by setting ourselves meaningful writing goals, making the act of starting to write feel less scary, and more possible.

Week Two – Inspiration Is Everywhere

A cat sniffing your bowl of cereal. The unexpected text message from an old friend. This week we will use what is around us to help generate and develop our writing ideas, learning how anything can find its way into a story.

Week Three – Characters That Come Alive on The Page

More than interesting description and dialogue, this week we explore the idea of a complex character, narrator, or speaker of a story, and what tips and tricks can be used to create a character that both you and your reader can truly invest in.

Week Four – If in Doubt, Describe  

This week we will look at how description can both set and turn a scene on its head. Using everything from carefully placed sensory details, to zooming in and out of the action unfolding, it’s time to let your writing truly leap off the page.

Week Five – Structure, Structure, Structure 

This week we lay out what is happening, when, and where. We will explore how learning the rules, only to break them, can work powerfully when it comes to the structure of a story, and how unexpected twists and turns can surprise both writer and reader.

Week Six – What We Did, What We Will Do Next 

In this week, we reflect on what we have achieved (no matter how seemingly small), before looking ahead to the steps we might take to continue writing – be that the ongoing revision of a current story or carving out space in your daily life to keep going, and growing, as a writer.


To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

Start Date

21st February


6 weeks




Kate Bradley