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26 Sep 2018

Loughborough University unveils brand new Creative Writing classes

Loughborough University is pleased to announce a brand new creative writing evening class which is available to staff, students and the general public.

Alongside the already successful pottery and painting and drawing classes, the class will run from 7pm-9pm every Wednesday from 10 October - 12 December.

The sessions will be led by Marianne Cronin, who is a practising creative writer, with previous works published in Mslexia magazine and the Birmingham Journal of Literature.

Cronin loves to explore how language can be used creatively to affect the reader, and her research on the use of dialogue in fiction has been presented at academic conferences across Europe.

Marianne is excited to be working with enthusiastic writers to help shape their work and explore new themes and activities within the classes. The class will focus on fiction and poetry, but is welcome to all those who are interested in honing their creative writing skills in any form and is open to all levels of ability.

David Bell, Programme Co-ordinator at LU Arts, commented: “Marianne has put together a really exciting programme for us. From opening their work with a bang to utilizing the senses and creating a sense of place, she’ll help attendees approach their writing from angles they’d never even considered!”

The course is priced at £50 for University students and £100 for the general public and University staff. Please note places are limited, and the booking system is on a strict first come, first serve basis. To secure a place, classes need to be paid at the time of the booking which can be done by visiting the online store

A limited number of spaces for the painting and drawing and pottery classes remain open to students at the University. The painting and drawing classes are led by Jo Sheppard, who has a history of working as an art teacher before becoming a professional artist. For many years, she has been practising painting with both adults and children, and is an active member of local art groups including ArtSpace and the Leicestershire Society of Artists.

Jessica Cohen – who will be teaching the pottery classes – is an experienced ceramicist and has previously worked as a lecturer, technician and independent designer since over the last 20 years. She promotes experimental approaches to learning and looks forward to welcoming students onto the course and developing their creative confidence.

For more information about any of the courses, please contact David Bell at or call 01509 222881.