Introduction to the Craft of Writing


Elementum Journal is delighted to now offer non-residential weekend creative writing workshops where you can learn skills essential to honing your craft. We look forward to welcoming you on what promise to be two days of first-class tuition in a warm and supportive environment. 

This course is suitable both for writers starting out and those working towards publication. To make the most of the weekend, we've kept the class sizes small so early booking is recommended.

On this weekend course you’ll learn about the essential skills needed to craft a story, be it for fiction, non-fiction or business writing. The workshops will include how to develop character, why genre is worth thinking about and how to handle narrative viewpoint. During the weekend, you’ll be looking at examples of technique, discussing different approaches to writing, and experimenting with your own work. 

The course tutor is Helen Shipman, who has over thirty years’ experience as a teacher of writing and literature at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Helen is a tutor for the Faber Academy and a director of the Professional Writing AcademyMost recently, she was course leader for an MA in Professional Writing.

Helen’s particular interest is in teaching the basic techniques of narrative fiction; she believes that writing is a craft that can be honed through practice and the development of technique. Her students have gone on to publish short stories, novels and non-fiction books.

Included in the weekend: freshly baked morning pastries, a warming lunch, welcome pack and selected special offers on additional courses. Refreshments available throughout the day. 

This course has limited numbers and will run in Sherborne, Dorset.

Once your booking is confirmed we will email you with full booking T&Cs and further details. 

Next date to be confirmed. Please contact us if you have any questions or are interested in attending.

Kind words from previous course participants:

"It was good to meet other aspiring writers. Helen's thoughtful and entertaining way of sharing her insights and experience was memorable."

"A very supportive environment."




Full Course Fee


Balance Due



Introduction to the Craft of Writing