Open Book

Writing from Life

a 6-week course with Susanna Jones.

Starts Saturday 7th May in Brighton

Susanna is a brilliant creative writing teacher and mentor who is now mentoring me through my second book. She has that rare capacity to pinpoint exactly what works and doesn’t work in a piece of writing, and why.'   

                                                        Hilary S.

'Susanna's artful teaching method helps you get those words down on the page with no pain or shame. Inspiring!'

                                                       Madeleine C.

This course will run again in September 2022
Email to be kept up to date.

Have you thought about writing down some of your life stories? Perhaps you're working on a memoir or would like to set down experiences or family stories so that they're not forgotten. Perhaps there are particular events you'd like to write about in order to understand them better, or you'd just like to develop your writing skills using material that's familiar to you. This course is for all of you.


The sessions will lead you through prompts, exercises and discussion to help you find and explore the stories you want to tell. You could use the course to work towards a full-length book or to complete one or more stand-alone pieces.

You’ll have plenty of time to write, ask questions and try out new ideas so you can see your work develop week by week. You’ll also have access to an online members’ area for optional exercises and activities between sessions. As an optional add-on, you can arrange to have a 1-1 session with Susanna for editorial feedback on a piece of work. This may be done via Zoom or in person, by arrangement.

Susanna Jones has many years' experience teaching and mentoring writers, from beginners to writers at MA and PhD level. She'll help you find new ways into your material, ways of developing and shaping your writing while honing your own voice. In a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you'll find that the ideas should come easily, your confidence as a writer will grow and you'll have fun in the process.


Saturdays, 10.00–12.00

7th May – 18th June (note: there is no session on 4th June, bank holiday weekend)

Course fee: £155

Venue: St Augustine's Arts and Events Centre, Brighton BN1 6EA

Maximum 9 participants

Optional add-on: 1-1 session for feedback on a piece of writing of 5,000 words for £100 (usually £150)

This course is for writers of all levels and experience. The writing prompts and exercises we do will work for everyone and can be adjusted and adapted where necessary. 

Our venue, at St Augustine's Arts and Events Centre, is well-ventilated and we can arrange the seating to give everyone plenty of space.

Note: if you have a prior engagement and have to miss a session, you'll be able to catch up on anything you miss via the members' page. Materials and discussion points will be posted there after each session so you can work on them in your own time.

To book your place or to find out more, get in touch.