Three New Writing Courses Come To QUAD In October


06 October 2022

Three New Writing Courses Come To QUAD In October

October sees three new writing courses coming to QUAD, each running over eight weeks. Led by Derby-based author, tutor and Creative Writing lecturer Alex Davis, Introduction To Creative Writing and Writing A Novel courses begin in QUAD on Monday 10th October. Starting on Monday 18th October, The Art Of Playwriting And Screenwriting For The Contemporary Market is led by award-winning playwright Tina Jay.
Introduction to Creative Writing course will be providing a broad overview of the areas that will be most useful to writers just starting out on their creative journey. Looking at pivotal areas such as story structure, characterisation, dialogue, description and many more, this course aims to set you off and allow you to explore your ideas in fiction writing whatever they may be. Introduction to Creative Writing runs on Mondays from 1pm – 3pm, course fees range from £120 to £90.

Writing a Novel course will focus on developing substantial writing projects, looking at planning and plotting, writing schedules, keeping creating in the longer term and examining in more depth the various stages of the novel writing process and you push towards completion. This course would be ideal for those with a little writing experience looking to write an extended project, or those who have perhaps found novel writing difficult. Writing a Novel course runs on Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, course fees range from £120 to £90.
The Art Of Playwriting And Screenwriting For The Contemporary Market will cover both screenwriting and playwriting looks similarities and differences between the two forms of scriptwriting, the various techniques involved for each. The sessions, taking place over eight weeks, will concentrate on specific areas of the process, encouraging the development of new original ideas whilst theorising and analysing what makes a script successful in the contemporary scriptwriting marketplace. Course Leader Tina Jay’s plays have been performed across London, including Tristan Bates Theatre, The Park Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Barons Court and Rich Mix, and The Royal Exchange Manchester. The Art Of Playwriting And Screenwriting For The Contemporary Market Course runs on Mondays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, course fees range from £130 to £100.

Course leader Alex Davis said: “I’m delighted to be back at QUAD for these courses, having been teaching on and off at the venue almost since it opened, these course do offer very different things for writers at all sorts of levels.”

Alex will also be leading on a horror and thriller event for Halowe’en weekend, Darker Days, which runs on 29th October at QUAD and will feature guest workshops from authors Helen Cooper (The Downstairs Neighbour, The Other Guest), Tom Mead (Death and the Conjuror) and Teika Marija Smits (Russian Doll, The Forgotten). For more information please see:

For more information on any of the courses call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.
Notes to Editors

QUAD is Derby’s centre for art and film, a mixed arts venue based on the Market Place. QUAD is the city’s cultural hub with a three-screen cinema, an art gallery showing the best in contemporary visual arts, digital workshop spaces plus an award-winning Café bar. QUAD has been at the heart of Derby’s cultural scene since it opened in September in 2008 and is internationally recognised for providing quality and excellence in the Arts. QUAD delivers an exciting, innovative and diverse programme which is popular with visitors of all ages, with a reputation in Photography, digital innovation & family friendly events. The venue organises Derby Film Festival, FORMAT International Photography Festival and Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival. QUAD is a partnership between Derby City Council and Arts Council England.  QUAD is open daily from 10am, for more information please visit: .   For further information please contact QUAD’s Marketing & Audience Development Manager, Kathy Wilson on 01332 285422 /

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