A work-in-progress course to help you write the story you want to tell.
Tuesdays, 7.15pm - 8.55pm
12 weeks from 9th January 2024 @ £360
All welcome. Suitable for you whether you are starting out or have a finished draft.
Participants get to share their work and progress within a supportive group. Become part of a team.
"Samantha's courses are what have really got me writing. They are vibrant, stimulating, unusual and fun. She has a deep knowledge of writers and writing which she shares to encourage even the most tentative new writer to put pen to page." - Em
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Meet Samantha Forrest
Samantha Forrest is a writer and teacher of creative writing, based in Bristol, in the south-west of England. She has facilitated hundreds of workshops, helping people move their projects forward and take pleasure in their learning.
She has written since she was a young teenager. Her work covers poetry, theatre, fiction, including stories for children, and creative non-fiction. She has performed her work at open mic events and poetry slams and had stories and essays published in a variety of UK magazines. She is currently working on an inspirational biography alongside a novel for children.
Teaching has been part of her life since she was 16. She trained in the Visual Arts and Theatre in Paris and London, before undertaking a PGCE at Cambridge University.
She has worked with all ages and abilities, in a wide variety of settings, including primary and secondary schools, museums, self-help centres, and on the road as a tour guide throughout western Europe. She particularly enjoys sharing her love for the arts, and encouraging creativity.
She has a sensitive and fun-loving approach to teaching, whilst taking the subject seriously, and likes to create a supportive atmosphere, with lots of laughter too.
"Samantha's methods are refreshing, challenging and most constructive. She is extremely well prepared with literary and artistic examples and encourages her students to develop personal confidence in their creativity, share their work and learn from one another. I commend Samantha for her professionalism and for her skill as an educator, and I thank her especially for her extreme patience and gentle encouragement." - Patricia
"The course has been very rewarding. I've enjoyed meeting all the others and you have been a great inspiration." - Lucy
"Samantha's approach is thoughtful, humorous, and encouraging. I appreciated how she explained and gave examples." - BCC student
"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course, it was very, very interesting to work with different influences. You work in a very holistic way which I have been searching for in Bristol for a few years." - Vivienne
"Sam is a very gentle and encouraging teacher who made everyone feel comfortable and free to share their work. I would recommend her courses to anyone who wants to stretch their creative muscles, improve their writing technique, and meet like-minded people." - Georgina
"This is super helpful and I've made those edits, thank you so much!" - Harriet
"It is a most enjoyable course. Samantha is inspirational." -Jac
"Creativity and kindness! Happy!" - BCC student
"I've done several writing courses and this has been the best. Frequent writing exercises with imaginative prompts are extremely helpful, thank you." - BCC student
"I would like to thank you for the classes I attended. I found them very helpful and constructive and have picked up some useful knowledge, concepts, references and skills that have helped me during creative mental blocks. I especially appreciate the spiritual element you bring to your teachings. It resonates really well with me." - Sophie
"I found the creative writing course brilliant, and very helpful during difficult circumstances."- Anna Maria
"I not only enjoyed your course, but found I learnt something about myself and my identity." - Kaj