A Little Bit of Past & Present

Back in the Day…

Writing School East Midlands started life over 60 years ago as Writing School Leicester. Based at the Leicester Adult Education Centre in Wellington St, it sought to provide a nurturing place where writers could learn from other writers, where they could share their own knowledge and experiences, and where they could develop their crafts as writers. Many participants on Writing School courses have gone on to teach for the School including our current tutors Rod Duncan and Maxine Linnell.

Writing School Leicester was deftly steered by writer Valerie Moore with an enthusiastic team of volunteers, tutors and supporters by her side. When Val retired from the School in 2012, she handed over the steering to Aimee Wilkinson and Writing East Midlands. Looking forward to providing courses across the region, the School was re-branded Writing School East Midlands and schools in two more cities, Nottingham and Derby, were launched. In 2015, we took on Clare Speller, our dedicated administrator, who manages the bookings for all three schools.

Our Tutors

Our schools now provide courses and workshops not only with talented professional writers from the region in our core programme, but visiting tutors from further afield in our special events. Our core tutors are celebrated writers and performers, as well as accomplished teachers acknowledged for their skills and ability to work with a broad spectrum of readers and writers across a range of genres and forms, including the literary novel writing, crime fiction, short fiction, memoir, science fiction, romance, poetry and spoken word. To see who our current tutors are, click on the tab in the top menu of our website.

Our Courses

We offer courses, workshops and events, and our programme reflects our commitment to providing excellent tuition in a supportive and creative environment. We welcome writers of all abilities regardless of experience and academic qualifications, whether you write recreationally, are a professional author or a writer at the start of your career. Visit our shop to see our current courses.