Open Book

Writing from Life

9-week course

1st October – 3rd December 2022


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.

Course Information: 

Saturdays, 2.00–4.00pm

1st October – 3rd December (no class on 5th November)

Course fee: £195

Venue: Brighton Girls GDST, Montpelier Road, Brighton BN1 3AT

Maximum 12 participants

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 will work as a next step for writers who took the 6-week Writing from Life course in spring but is suitable for writers of all levels and experience. It's designed so that you can work at your own level and pace.

We'll spend part of the time on discussion and exercises and part on feedback on short pieces of your work submitted in advance (if you want to – there is no pressure to share work if/when you prefer not to). You can use the exercises and prompts to develop brand new work or to explore further something you're already working on.  You’ll have time to write, ask questions and try out new ideas so you can see your work develop week by week. You could use the course to work towards a full-length book or to complete one or more stand-alone pieces. 


You’ll also have access to an online members’ area for optional exercises and activities between sessions.

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.

Note: if you 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.