Sussex writing courses for budding young storytellers

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Are you the next J.K. Rowling? An English graduate from Fulking, West Sussex is offering 3-day holiday courses for young people who have a passion for writing.

Designed for children studying at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9 of secondary school), Ruby Cooper’s courses focus on descriptive writing and cover the many different techniques involved.  With a first-class BA in English and Related Literature from the University of York (2015), Ruby created Budding Writers Sussex as a means to inspire children to be creative during school holidays. She is the ideal person for the job – since 2017 she’s worked at The Weald Community School in Billingshurst, delivering literacy intervention lessons to small groups of Key Stage 3 students. She’s also passionate about passing on literary skills to the next generation of writers. She said:

“My courses encourage creativity through writing. They’re also a great exercise for the brain during the school holidays, which often switches off when children are not in that routine of going to classes and doing their homework. ”

Holiday courses for budding young writers

So if you want to know your synonyms from your sound devices and get to grips with figurative language, describing places, people and objects in non-fiction, fiction and poetry, these courses could be for you. The next course runs from Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th August, 9am – 3pm, in Sayers Common. It’s open to children who have just come to the end of Year 7, 8 or 9, and the fee is £80. Groups will be small – a maximum of 8 children.

“I thought the course was too short, purely because I loved it so much. Not only was it an amazing educational opportunity, but it was lovely to make new friends. I loved how the activities were amazingly fun. I wish I could do it every day.” – Testimonial 

In September, Ruby is starting a term-time writing club, which will run weekly for an hour (outside of school). The group will spend a term reading a piece of fiction and using it as inspiration for creating an original piece of writing each week.

Ruby is also appearing at Lindfield Arts Festival on Saturday 21st September where she is offering a free 45-minute taster session of her courses.  The festival, sponsored by Waterstones, takes place at The Tiger Rooms on Lindfield High Street – Ruby’s workshop is at 1pm.

To sign up for the 3-day summer course or for more information about the upcoming weekly writing club, contact Ruby via her website:


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