The Writers' Greenhouse

Short evening courses for adults on different aspects of creative writing, run by Megan Kerr. Serious tuition through fun activities and games. Plus Summer Workshops throughout August, exploring different aspects of writing as voted for by you.

On-going, Wolvercote

Wolvercote, Tue October 8th 2019 - Wed November 27th 2019

Have you always fancied writing fantasy fiction? Got an idea for that next big dystopian novel but not sure how to progress? Like Ishiguro, Atwood, and Pratchett and keen to give it a go yourself? The Writers' Greenhouse is the place for you. They are offering a new 8-week evening course on Imaginary Worlds, providing the perfect platform to help you to bring your fictional universe to life, whether it's already on paper or you're just getting started. Previous courses have received stellar reviews (just scroll down to see for yourself!) and Imaginary Worlds will be running on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays to meet demand, so book up before it's too late.

Course leader Megan Kerr is an old hand and knows how to keep sessions fast-paced and interesting, while also creating a laid-back, nerve-free environment to share work and bounce ideas around. During early sessions, participants will discuss genres and sub-genres and come up with different designs for the two worlds, one sci-fi parallel universe using real-world explanations, and the other a fantasy setting with more magical elements. In the weeks that follow, the group will use two and a half hour sessions to explore and develop specific facets of their created worlds. These range from elaborating on the appearance and atmosphere of the setting to inventing languages and naming places and characters. Classes will touch on a broad variety of authors (including George RR Martin and Suzanne Collins in addition to those already mentioned) as well as articles from FantasyCon to prompt discussion and aid the creative process. By the end of the eight weeks, you'll have plenty of ideas and techniques to help you keep going on your own.

September 7, 2020

This summer, as usual, I attended two Writers' Greenhouse Saturday workshops. It was sad not to be cycling over to Wolvercote for the day, but instead we had afternoon workshops on Zoom. Although I'm quite experienced with Zoom, I was seriously impressed with Megan's Zoom skills: she made us all feel as much at home as she always does, and it was easy to forget that we were not actually meeting in person.

As always the workshops - one on dialogue and the other on exposition (how do you help your readers absorb the recondite information that is essential to your plot without them noticing you are doing it?) - were rich both in content and in sharing with other writers. For me there was much to ponder in relation to what I am writing at the moment.

Thank you Megan!

September 5, 2019

The final workshop of the Writers' Greenhouse summer series was on getting published. This was the third workshop I have attended and it had all the usual ingredients - great atmosphere, interesting people, lots to learn and of course, Megan herself.

The content was a new departure for me - we worked on how to deal with rejection, how to summarise our novels or collections of stories or poems, how to look for an agent who would be a good match for our work and how to approach them - and in the final few minutes we practised how to talk to an agent should we meet one. That was a real exercise in self-belief!

One exercise that particularly interested me was looking at what kind of feedback is helpful or otherwise at different stages of writing something. For example, 'Everything you write is brilliant!' is just what you need at first draft stage but not much use when you are at the editing stage.

Much to my surprise I found summarising and sharing my - yes! I'm going to say it! Novel! - was a great confidence builder, as was hearing the really interesting projects other people were working on. Email addresses were exchanged...

As with all the workshops we all received a booklet of the material we had been working on. This is not only useful, but leaves us free during the day to enter into the workshop without having to take notes.

One of the great things about Writers' Greenhouse is also that once you have been to a course you are part of the online community to whatever extent you want to be - and in receipt of writing prompts, ideas and other people's posts.

Thanks Megan - I hope to be back before long!

August 6, 2018

I attended one of the summer Saturday workshops - on writing in scenes - and it was a revelation.

There were twelve of us, some of whom had already worked with Meegan, and some - like me - first-timers, and the whole day was beautifully structured.

it was also friendly and not at all scary, while also being full of new (to me) ways of thinking about what a scene is and what goes into it.

It confirmed all my worst fears about what I have just been writing but in a way that is enabling me to enjoy re-drafting what I had thought was an impossibly knotty passage.

I shall be back for the workshop on style at the end of the month.

February 21, 2011

They say everyone has a novel in them. There's just one problem... getting it redrafted, edited, perfected and published. In fact getting the damn thing plotted and written would be a good start. But most people have to face down a variety of demons in their writing, often because they suddenly realise they don't know where it's all going.

It's easy to think you have the plot all figured out, but if it isn't there in enough detail to tell you where each scene is going, what the plot sub-layers are, how everything will come together and when, what each character's point of view is, and all the myriad other fiddly bits you'll need to know, then it isn't really a plot yet, just the idea for one. At this point you might need help in knowing how to focus on each area in turn - what questions to use to cross-examine your ideas.

Megan Kerr uses practices from TEFL training, including meticulous planning, pacy lessons and clear objectives. There are several underlying tenets to her teaching: first off, an expectation of rigour, which makes everything simultaneously harder and easier - harder in the short-term but easier in the writing. You can't plot and write well both at the same time, so the key is in the groundwork. Second is the wonderfully basic assumption that writing novels is perfectly normal.

Much of the class-time we work in groups. The results are frequently hilarious, and the combination of collaboration and speed really prevent anyone being precious about writing. Working as a group also means most of the tasks feel like games, even the ones that don't involve dice. Homework assignments are manageably short so you can fit them into your week.

Many activities help you to visualise ideas and thought processes: how to lay out plots, how to check your tension is in the right places, using forms and questions to see where current holes are and how to plug them. And in all this a slight obsession with felt tip pens is seen as an advantage, not a handicap - here are displacement activities which will positively help.

The processes build up, so this week one of our quick tasks was something that took more like an hour a couple of weeks ago. Each week I feel simultaneously pleased that we're getting a stage further, more skills in the arsenal, and sad that it means we're closer to the end. In that respect it's like a very good book.

Of course in class the exercises are idealised, and transferring those ideas to your own half-thought-out novel can be harder. Think army medic, learning First Aid in a nice, clean operating theatre, but actually performing it on a makeshift bed in a sandy cave in the middle of battle.

For the one-day workshops you are expected to have some work in progress [NB This is no longer the case, and the one-day workshops function much more like short versions of the long courses, looking at one particular aspect of writing - Ed. 2017]. For the 12-week Story Elements course you just need a will to write - most of the practice assignments will use the (frequently extraordinary) ideas cooked up in class. If you have other things you're dying to work on all to the good, but it's not vital.

As you can probably tell, I would really, really recommend Megan's novel-writing tuition. I've always loved frenetic games of Balderdash and Consequences, and the zany haste of the Improvised Musical on Radio4, and so I find Megan's games and the group-orientated nature of the classes great fun. To be doing that sort of thing and learning too, feeling your own writing steadily coming under your control, that is heady stuff.

Just completed Meddling with poetry, 8 sessions over 8 weeks. With the mega Megan Kerr of

Somehow she has this gift of freeing you up to write and have fun, whilst slipping in some really important technique that in the past freaked me out. I am now doing the write a poem every day challenge which she introduced us to at along with heap of other interesting and useful things regarding the cosmos of poetry. I feel I have the space suit now to travel around this creative world, instead of standing outside on the edge terrified and mute..Thank you Megan and fellow fab travellers of wording world

Megan is an exceptional teacher of creative writing. Her workshops are always inspiring, informative and leave me feeling ready to rise to any challenge! I absolutely love her course materials too - they help me build my worlds long after the workshops are over.

Megan's writing courses are always good. This one gave me the opportunity not only to develop my characters to give them depth but how they could interact and influence each other in a way that would engage the reader. I have come out of the course rejuvenated and inspired to write I hope, at a more believable and deeper level that I have done before. whether you are just beginning or an established author there is always something to take away. I could not recommend her more highly to anyone having a go at writing. Try yourself and find out!

The Hone Your Style writing workshop was easily accessible over two half days, online. It was interactive with 'breakout room' sessions with others on the course, where you can discuss and share. There was an opportunity to both read excerpts of different writing styles, as well as trying some out in short text pieces. Megan makes the sessions very relatable and enjoyable.

Just completed Megan’s first run of the wonderful Ghostly and Gothic workshop, a Saturday and Sunday morning well spent. I hadn’t seen myself as a writer of either the ghostly or the gothic, but having done this fabulous workshop I realised that I was missing a trick in the novel I’m currently working on. Quite a big trick in fact. It’s opened up a whole new realm of exciting story plotting, stuff that readers love, and although my story is not totally gothic and ghostly, I am now looking at ways of building this in as an underlying theme. It will add something very gritty to the tale. Absolutely anyone would find this course valuable, no matter what you are writing. Thank you Megan, a real corker!

It was a pleasure to take part in the page-turners workshop in August. Megan's home was an excellent setting for the course. We had a packed day full of writing tips, exercises and group discussions. I learned a lot and feel confident in applying this to my ongoing writing attempts.

I've been a huge fan of the Writer's Greenhouse for years and recently attended Megan's summer workshop 'The Creative Well'. What a fantastic day! As ever the focus was on finding (or rediscovering) the joy of writing. I write for a living so sometimes the joy can be hard to find (editors, deadlines, etc), but I left Megan's workshop feeling utterly refreshed, inspired and full of new ideas! Bravo on another fantastic workshop Megan.

I recently attended the Page Turners workshop and it was extremely helpful! Megan is very friendly and makes everyone feel welcome. There's no pressure to share writing but it's useful to be able to talk through with other people and get different views. There were also 'example stories' to use if you didn't want to work through on one of your own projects. There were lots of different exercises to work through and materials to take home. It was a small group and there was plenty of time to get to know other people and their projects. I didn't always feel like the exercises worked for me on the day, but they gave me so much to think about and to try out myself later until I could find a way to make them work for me. I would happily recommend Megan's courses to anyone looking to improve writing skills.

Megan is an excellent teacher who creates a great atmosphere and gets you straight into writing, no matter what your background or confidence levels are. I was challenged and encouraged on the course I attended, and my understanding of how to write engagingly has grown tremendously. She also gives thorough and insightful comments on your work - her ideas on how to tweak and improve are great.

The twelve week Story Elements course is an absolute joy and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals of creating a good story. Megan is an inspirational, generous and supportive teacher, the classes are fast-paced, stimulating and enormous fun, covering everything from Premise, Place and Plot to Beginnings and Endings. You’ll never be put on the spot, embarrassed or humiliated. Collaboration takes the stories in all sorts of unexpected directions and we learned the power of ‘What if?’ When we came to divide the plot bank at the end of the course, everyone had their favourite story and each was different. The Writers’ Greenhouse is a safe creative space populated by imaginative and lovely people. Enjoy!

If you’ve ever wanted to write that story that’s in us all, this is the perfect course. The 12 week Story Elements course covers all aspects of writing. Megan delivers it in a fun and interactive way and any submitted writing is given confidential, supportive feedback. The course is for anyone at any level. I have enjoyed it immensely and have learned so much- from Megan and also from others on the course.

Megan never fails to create intricate, effective and engaging courses. The Imaginary Worlds course was a whirlwind in world creation, language exploration and skill development. It's a genre I had no prior experience in, and yet I've left feeling proficient enough to start world building two brand new novel ideas (and met some wonderful writers to boot). I would recommend Megan's courses for writers of any level.

Another excellent workshop run by Megan. She is so encouraging, inspiring and warm. Poetry as Gift gave me so many new ways to explore writing for people close to me which was such a lovely thing to do. A very welcome change from preparing work to put forward for potential publication.

I love the booklets she produces that I can refer to again and again - they're beautiful and full of useful tips and information.

Thank you!

This 2 morning workshop covers an incredible amount of content, including core concepts of poetry such as imagery, bold language, concision, musicality and keeping the meaning open for the reader. We explored different forms such as Haikus, Shape poems and Skeltonic verse. Having always struggled with poetic meter, I had a light bulb moment and now understand this better than ever before! The theme of gifts infused the whole workshop with a lovely generous and positive atmosphere. You're never put on the spot or embarrassed. A group of lovely people with shared enthusiasm, seamlessly orchestrated by inspirational Megan. Loved it!

I have just done Megan Kerrs workshop Poetry as Gift. AND it has been a real to Gift to me. Joyous,fresh, intelligent challenging and freeing. Somehow Megan manages to to both free one up from any fear, and at the same time impart sound poetic principles. She offered her knowledge generously and with insight and humour. It has really opened a door for me to offer poems as gifts for friends and family and the actual process enabled me to engaged with some very deep feelings and offer a constructive creative way to engage and gift the experience as poetry. Thank you

I had an absolute blast on Megan’s Writing in Style course! She creates such an inclusive and creative atmosphere, and the course content was extremely well structured and will be useful for all of my next writing projects. I’m already eyeing up her other courses to try out :)

Fantastic two morning workshop on the Art of Short Stories. The content felt novel, enjoyable and creative and I will definitely use the techniques Megan taught us for developing impactful short stories and flash fiction. I thoroughly recommend this workshop both for those who are new to short story writing and those who may have been writing for a while but want to unlock new ideas and sharpen their skills.

Megan is a great tutor and always goes the extra mile for her students! The courses are informative, thorough and creative, and – above all – enjoyable.

Megan is a master teacher who keeps things lively and interesting but also definitely on-topic. I have learnt an awful lot about the technical aspects of writing, in more detail than other courses I have done in the past. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to lift their writing game to the next level.

I've just finished the Writing in Style course at The Writers' Greenhouse. Megan is a brilliant teacher. Her courses are incredibly well structured and thought out, providing lots of useful learning materials to work on during and after each of the lessons. Her feedback is non-judgemental but really helpful and her teaching style is all about encouraging you to find your own voice through exercises and experimentation rather than telling you what to do. I also did the Imaginary Worlds course last year, which was also excellent. I'd thoroughly recommend The Writers' Greenhouse to anyone who wants to take the plunge into creative writing or build on the skills they already have.

A truly inspirational way to reconnect with and further develop your writing skills. Megan somehow curates unique courses that never feel dull, or like hard work, but still push and challenge. Each week I've taken home invaluable lessons on how to improve my personal writing pieces, fun exercises to practice new techniques, interesting reading recommendations and even advice on how to work out when and where I write best.

I will keep returning to the Writer's Greenhouse for as long as they offer courses, because each course has ignited my creativity and motivation to write more, which is an incredibly special skill that Megan seems to possess effortlessly. Not to mention the wonderful class mates that I am lucky to now call my 'writing community'.

I recommend any writer, new or experienced, to make use of The Writer's Greenhouse. Thank you, Megan!

I've recently finished the 2022 Story Elements course with Megan and it was utterly brilliant. Having had no formal teaching in creative writing this course was more than I could have hoped for. Megan covers the most essential parts of creating story in a thorough but also highly engaging way. I had some trepidation about doing the course online (as I live too far for f2f) but Megan's approach blew my worries out of the water. Every few weeks we would get an envelope in the post, chock full of resources and goodies for the coming lessons, and I particularly like the fact that Megan incorporates a sensory approach to her teaching style - using scent and soundscapes to get us into the writing frame of mind. The other thing that appealed to me when booking the course was the feedback element, in that we could submit work to Megan during the course for constructive advice. This has been HUGE in developing my confidence in my writing, and in identifying areas for improvement as well as what is being done well. I cannot recommend Megan enough, and have signed on for further summer workshops with her - the hour drive is worth it! If you're in two minds about taking the course just DO IT - you'll be glad you did.

I've just finished Megan's story elements course (online), and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore how stories work and how to build from a basic idea to a complex plot with interesting, rounded characters. The best thing about the course, in my opinion, was how fun, playful, and creative it was: I felt liberated to write.

When I started Megan Kerr's wonderful Imaginary Worlds course my fantasy novel was little more than a seedling. Thanks in great part to Megan's inspiring and creative teaching, I finished the book and I am now writing a trilogy for a major publishing house. The course taught me how to build magic systems and create detailed fantasy environments but, above all, it showed me how to create a world that would matter to readers. It was on this course that I found my voice as a fantasy writer and I shall be forever grateful.

I attended “ meddling with poetry class” ( 8-week course) online and just finished last week. It was brilliant and I really enjoyed the teacher ( Megan Karr)’s teaching style and all the notes, as well as the friendly and humorous group discussion and poetry sharing , really helpful for my further exploring the English poetry as a second language reader and amateur writer. Highly recommended for those who wish to enrich their spare time in creative writing, poetry is a good start, I think. Thank you Megan.

Megan’s workshops are practical, inspiring and a phenomenal amount of fun, no matter your level of experience or expertise. I always get more than I bargain for! She is brilliant.

I have done several of Megan's courses now, most recently the twelve week Story Elements course online. It was a very full syllabus, well crafted with enjoyable group exercises and delivered with Megan's friendly but motivational style. By the end of the course we had all contributed to a plot bank of ideas to be taken forward into our own writing, should we choose to.

A group of us from the course now meet regularly as a writers group to share our work and encourage each other. Megan invites her students to submit writing for feedback and she is positive and constructive as she gives it, I have learned so much from it.

Having done the Writing In Style course online last winter too I now have a file of essential resources required for future editing, I am still at first draft stage.

Megan inspires confidence as she shares her passion for writing. She is an amazing teacher and whether you are a beginner or already writing I cannot recommend her courses highly enough.

Having really enjoyed some writing workshops with Megan last summer, I was keen to sign up again this August. When the list of workshops came out, they were all tempting but I eventually settled on 5, ranging from developing characters unlike you to creating suspense to deft exposition. Pre-Covid, the workshops were in person, but Megan has very skilfully adapted the workshops to run on Zoom. They run like clockwork, with excellent timekeeping, screen sharing and breakout rooms.

Prior to the workshop, Megan sends emails with general info, FAQs and a list of anything needed for the workshop (simple things like pen, paper, coloured pens, pictures, maybe something short to pre-read, etc), and the Zoom link. Then on the day of the workshop another email appears with the same information. During the final part of the workshop, when reflection is happening in the breakout rooms, Megan emails out a summary booklet from the workshop, followed up a few days later in the post by a physical copy of the booklet.

All this to say that the workshops are uber organised! You feel in safe hands with Megan.

As to the actual workshop content, just brilliant! Megan talks a bit, invites discussion, screen shares information and sends us off into breakout rooms, with various different groups of people to discuss and prepare work. There is not a great deal of writing, more explanation and discussion of techniques, with ample opportunities to practise. Megan will say we have 2 or 5 or 8 minutes say to write something, and will give us a halfway or 1 minute warning. In only one of the workshops did Megan suggest we take some notes, but mostly she says just to listen, think, discuss and write in the timed segments, and any notes we need will come in the booklets later. But I do still take some notes and sometimes Megan will reveal a jewel of writing knowledge that I am compelled to write down!

There is so much to take in, so many techniques shared, and creative, different ways to practise what we've learned. A lot of variety which is great, as we all learn differently.

I always feel so inspired after the workshops. Highly recommended!

I attended four of Megan's classes online this summer, and they were some of the best things I did all summer. Her style is friendly and focused. It's very fast paced, which is great when you struggle with concentration. There's a good balance of group work and individual writing, with opportunities to work on bits of your own work in progress if you like. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Megan's courses are the best thing of any week. She's got a wee magic key that opens up a fantastic stream of thought, structure, fun, and words-on-the-page no matter what it is you are writing. I've taken them all (I think!), some of them twice... and will keep signing up because 1) she is always putting new ones out, especially in the Summer Workshop series and 2) they are so useful for juicing any writing project I'm working on, over and over.

The ambiance is down-to-earth and inspiringly friendly to ALL writers, starters or beginners. Each course is meticulously timed and structured so as a participant, one can relax completely into the imaginative, dialogic, exploratory, productive mode. And the pricing is very fair, outstanding value. In-person courses (ah, so lucky we were) are held in a magical space by the river and rails; zoom courses worked amazingly as well, and allowed me to participate from the other side of the planet, which is magical too.

I also recommend these courses for anyone wanting a crash course in how to teach small groups-- I learn so much about timing, effective group/ discussion, use of interactive handouts/ materials, and creating containers that rocket fuel people's creativity. If you are thinking about it, don't hesitate.

I participated in a few of the summer courses and hugely enjoyed them. They were really useful and Megan was friendly and welcoming. I've always been a little wary of writing groups and courses - so many horror stories from other genre writers about being persona non grata - but this was absolutely not the case here. I particularly liked the way Megan switched around the breakout groups, so that we had the chance to talk to different people. For me, sometimes the most beneficial thing was finding a new way to look at something, or a new way of thinking about it (the exposition one was particularly good for this). I'd love to enrol on a longer course if I can find the time, but will certainly be signing up for some more short courses next summer.

Another sparkling journey with Megan, this time through the magical hinterland of Tricksy Stoytelling. Always excellent value!

I'm a children's author and Megan's courses and workshops were recommended to me by another author in the area. I was expecting them to be good but they totally exceeded my expectations! I find Megan's approach so helpful, practising everything as you learn to help you get over your fear and perfectionism around writing. Her advice is really actionable and has given me a far better understanding of the craft of writing. You can tell how much care and effort goes into the course, Megan is friendly and gives positive but helpful feedback, and overall I couldn't recommend The Writers' Greenhouse more – despite only ever having been able to attend remotely!

As a writer and professional fiction editor, I pop writing craft books, articles, and courses like candy. My first workshop with The Writer's Greenhouse was easily the best writing class experience I've had to date. The content itself contained many tips and approaches I've never seen anywhere else, and I have a feeling I'll be referring to the slides and notes Megan put together for us - both for my own writing and for my clients' - for a long time. There's group work involved, but even if you normally dislike that, as I do, try it anyway and be pleasantly surprised by the stimulating company you'll find here. And if you're new to writing workshops (or online classes, which is the format I took) and a little nervous about the experience, put your fears to rest. Megan's got it all figured out and will leave you feeling almost pampered with her thoughtful pre-session notes on how to prepare and post-session take-home goodies that are both adorable and useful. Thanks so much for the work you put into this, Megan!

Words might fail me to say how brilliant this course is, but I'll try a few: amazing, energising, educational, fun, friendly, supportive, surprising, inspiring, enjoyable, well organised, well worth it, ridiculously good value, rewarding.

See, that's what Megan can do for you - help you get words out! She has some advice about the over-use of adjectives but I hope she'll forgive me in this case.

Seriously I can't recommend this course highly enough. Go for it. You're worth it.

I've just finished the "Story Elements" writing course with Megan, and couldn't recommend it enough to anyone that loves to write. The classes are so well structured and absolutely everything is covered, including character development, layering tension, subplots and dialogue. It's also so lovely to meet a group of like-minded people who love writing as much as I do. This course has definitely changed the way I write for the better, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience Megan!

This is the third course I've completed at Megan Kerr's Writers' Greenhouse. Like the others it was wonderfully imaginative, hugely instructive and great, great fun. Megan is an immensely talented teacher. I was concerned that I might not enjoy online classes as much as in-person teaching, but Megan has adapted her materials and the class format perfectly and nothing was lost. I learned a great deal about the principles of novel-writing and came away with a toolkit of techniques for shaping and fine-tuning my book. The individual feedback on samples of my writing was also extremely helpful. Megan has a keen editorial eye and knows how to get a piece of writing to the next level. Thank you Megan. I'll be back for more!

Loved loved loved the 12 week writing course I've just finished. Megan is an inspiring teacher, full of good tips, wisdom and knowledge. She's calm, kind, organised and gave me very constructive, positive feedback. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend her class - I'm signing up for the poetry course next spring...

I have just completed the Story Elements course runby Megan Kerr. It runs over 12 weeks and is just the most fun. Really well structured, with the right balance between being taught and practical exercises and games. Most of the work is done in groups and the people you are with changes each week so you get a full range of views, experiences and skills. Megan is lovely and fun and is just the best teacher. At the end you will have a selection of story ideas and plots at various stages of development. I cant wait to start on mine.

Highly recommended - do it

This was a great course. Megan is really skilled at prompting students to develop their own ideas and creativity. This course has given me lots of ideas to work on over the coming months and I'll definitely be booking another one at a future date.

I booked the Imaginary Worlds course as I wanted something that would give me a kickstart into writing again and to put me back in touch with my creative side. I was looking for a fun, friendly and supportive environment and that is what I got. The classes were varied and interactive and I would recommend this to anyone.

Megan is an excellent teacher, lively, thorough, funny and really knows her stuff! I learned so much from her Writing in Style course and would thoroughly recommend her.

Megan Kerr's new creative writing course 'Writing in Style' was inspiring, inventive and bags of fun. Megan is an extremely knowledgeable, imaginative and well-organised teacher.

The writing games and exercises focused on sharpening style. They really helped me to identify tics and tendencies in my own writing and gave me lots of ideas for how I might tighten and enrich my prose. I feared that the necessity to conduct classes over Zoom might take the edge off, but Megan uses the platform very intuitively and the sessions were just as much fun as an in-person workshop.

The course is suitable for anyone who enjoys or wants to try their hand at writing. You don't have to have a work in progress and there is no 'homework' or preparation to do before classes. Classes are very relaxed and nobody is ever put on the spot or made to share what they have written.

I looked forward to it every week and will definitely be signing up for more courses at the Writers' Greenhouse.

Having been on Megan’s course before so I knew I was in for a treat. I was not disappointed!

I expected the usual high level, quality teaching and resources but it also gave me an insight into my writing and a toolbox to edit my work, invaluable! I have looked forward to my Wednesday evenings, it has been enormous fun meeting other writers. I am still in contact with many of them. If you are hesitating, don’t, suitable from newbies to experienced, have fun, I know I did!

I have completed two courses with The Writers' Greenhouse, Imaginary Worlds and Writing in Style. The first was 'in person' and the second on Zoom and I have to say that the organisation and attention to detail has been incredible for both. Megan is a great teacher, relaxed and knowledgeable and she leads the courses with humour and excellence. I have learned loads and hope to do another course next year. I especially loved the Writing in Style course and it has been particularly useful for the editing stage of my writing. If you are considering any of Megan's courses, then I would say go for it. They are well worth the time and money.

What a wonderful teacher Megan is. It's not easy to transfer from face to face teaching to the magic of Zoom almost instantly, but Megan managed it with ease. I enjoyed three of the Summer of Writing courses this August and I wished I could have done the others too. What a lovely way to spend a summer weekend afternoon in the company of people all over the world doing wonderful writing exercises. Megan is encouraging, extremely knowledgeable and she has organised fun enjoyable lessons that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Megan hi

so once again thanks for running a great course. Your use of zoom is exemplary and offers a very creditable substitute for face to face classes.

Here are my pluses and minuses


There was some disruption to the classes caused by people being in fields/coffee bars/ pub gardens, which is not something common to you - having spent the last 10 years on video conferences its a very common challenge. I would have preferred if we could have had some discussion around the work we had produced - I felt that sometimes my writing was in a vacuum and would have welcomed the opportunity to share and critique.


Loads of great advice on how to improve my writing - which was after all the main reason to join! Well-timed, good follow up materials and well marshaled as ever.

I booked on the one of the one off Summer workshops, orientating the reader, an afternoon online course. I was struggling with focusing on consistency and making sure the reader knew where they were physically and plot wise. I was hoping to rectify these issues with this course.

Megan was very personable and explained the concepts needed via a series of tasks that made them easy to understand and apply. Splitting us into groups and trying ideas out before reviewing them as a whole group again. The discussions were informative and well paced. We were not only given support with our writing and applying the concepts but feedback via peers and by her on what could work for us as individuals and more generally.

Resources were provided during the course, sent via email and posted out afterwards.

I cannot recommend Megan highly enough. I have attended many courses both online and in person, none of which have had the pace and quality that Megan provides. Don’t miss out - book before she fills up!

I recently participated in two weekend writing workshops with The Writer's Greenhouse, moved from in-person to Zoom because of social distancing requirements. From start to finish, they were a 5 star experience!

Megan is a fantastic teacher - warm, friendly, inclusive. The workshops, being held on Zoom, could have been very intense, but Megan presented a varied programme, which was very enjoyable and balanced. The sessions were brilliantly planned, with bang-on timekeeping, and included small group discussions, preparation exercises, writing, a bit of whole group work and reminders to stretch - very important!

The workshops all sounded interesting, but, after much deliberation, I chose workshops about setting and description. I was hoping that these workshops would teach me some skills while giving me a gentle push towards actually starting on a writing project. Though some of the participants mentioned current writing projects, at least one was like me, looking at the workshops as a launchpad. I did find them very inspiring - the other participants were friendly and supportive, the technical writing exercises really stretched me, the different approaches Megan used for settings and description were illuminating and taking the time to really analyse the purpose of description was extremely helpful. To be honest, I hadn't expected I'd learn so much in such a short time!

Megan is a very generous teacher. She organised an introduction to Zoom before the workshops, for anyone who lacked experience. I had a question about resources which she promptly answered via email. Indeed, once you get involved with The Writers' Greenhouse, you have access to frequent writing prompts and ideas from Megan and a wealth of writing resources. At the end of the workshops, Megan emailed a booklet with all the relevant information so that we wouldn't have to take notes. She will also post it out to the participants. I haven't yet had the privilege of an in-person workshop with Megan, but she obviously put a lot of effort into adapting her workshops to go online. During the late spring/early summer, she also canvassed those interested about subject choices and how people would like the workshops to run, ie timings and cost, and kept us all informed about her decisions and how she had made them.

I can't recommend Megan and The Writers' Greenhouse highly enough and look forward to my next workshop!

I took part in 2 writing courses given recently by Megan, on "Place is Story" and "Purposeful Description". They were both done via Zoom.

The courses were very informative and entertaining. Megan provided a lot of information and tips, with opportunities to write on one's own and in small groups. She handled the Zoom sessions with great competence. She provided humour and insight into the course and a number of colourful examples and suggestions.

I have been going to creative writing workshops for a while but I found Meghan’s courses a mile apart from the others. She has a way of teaching which is unique and it’s all about getting students to find their own feet. Students learn by discovering topics and techniques for themselves that’s why I think it’s so successful. It also covers plenty of technical tips and exercises which are then summed up in a handy leave-behind.

After the summer workshops, I can’t wait to join the courses she runs periodically throughout the year.

Another superb workshop with Megan at The Writers' Greenhouse! I booked this as I realised that my work needs place, and true to form this workshop weekend taught me everything I need to know... Now all I have to do is apply it! Megan runs these workshops so brilliantly, timed well, clearly thoroughly planned and thought out and they bring out the best in me (and everyone else judging from the discussions we had in our groups).

I find the positivity invaluable and I've never ever felt like someone who isn't a writer when I'm on these workshops. Super inclusive, Megan has created the best 'safe space' for writing I've ever encountered. I'm a fan as well as a repeat attender!

I have so many useful prompts, tools and ideas to work with coming out of this workshop that I can't help but feel newly invigorated and will be placing my work in progress this week!

Great work Megan!

I booked six of the summer workshops as I was in a creative slump over lockdown and missed speaking to other people about things I love.

I'd already attended various of Megan's workshops in person, and knew how welcoming and practical they were, but have since moved away from Oxford and so pounced on this opportunity to participate from a distance. I didn't know any of the other students before the workshops started, but Megan creates a collaborative and relaxed environment online where everyone is supportive regardless of how advanced they are (or are not, in my case!), so that didn't matter at all. Can't wait for the next one!

Inspiring, fun, wise. I booked onto two Zoom group workshops with The Writers' Greenhouse about creativity and they were fantastic. The teacher organised the time into really fascinating activities that taught me a lot. I came away having practised some creative writing experiments and also having learn something about the science and practice of creativity (who knew!) (obviously not me). I didn't think it was possible to be so vivid and practical about creativity and I learnt a lot about my own processes and when and where I'm creative plus I got lots of new ideas too. I'll be going back for more!

Megan is such a fabulous teacher and she’s so inspiring. I’ve done both the Meddling with Poetry course online with Megan and the ongoing Summer of Writing. I booked both courses because I wanted to re-energise my creativity and rediscover my love for poetry and writing. I’m enjoying the process so much and Megan runs incredibly organised and fun workshops online - so much so that I completely forgot they were online. These are a great, friendly way to meet like-minded people and explore writing. I can not recommend Megan and these courses enough.

I enrolled for the Meddling With Poetry course hoping to learn more about different poetry forms and to improve my writing. I did both and have recently submitted a poem to a journal for publication. My confidence as a writer of both poetry and prose has increased greatly and weeks after the course I am referring to the content from it constantly to assist me as I write. The course was intensive, one student who has a degree in creative writing said that an eight week course with Megan is like a year of an undergrad course and I can believe it, she covers so much that is of a high standard.

You do need to commit and concentrate to get the most out of the teaching and the positive and detailed feedback that she gives you on your own work. However, people lead busy lives and there is no pressure, you can go at your own pace.

The classes are incredibly enjoyable, they became the highlight of my week. Megan is very positive and encouraging and devises all sorts of fun exercises and activities to illustrate her teaching, demonstrating her vast knowledge and experience as a writer and tutor.

As this was an online course the content was posted out to us weekly and that worked really well, especially as she supplied binders for us to keep it in order and to build an invaluable resource for future reference. I was uncertain whether or not the dynamism and enjoyment of her classes could work online, but they do. Megan is very engaging and her classes so well paced and structured that I did not feel I was missing out by not being in her tutoring room.

Yes I did miss the candle-light and the tea and biscuits but Megan looked after us all by sending us candles and her own Writers Greenhouse blend of essential oil to put us all into the writing mood. A WhatsApp group for all of us attending kept us feeling part of a group and I am now joining a writers group as a result of contacts made on the course. I cannot recommend Megan Kerr and her courses highly enough.

If you are serious about writing and want to improve your writing fast then do sign up for one of her fabulous courses. She runs half day summer courses that would be a really good introduction to her teaching.

Just completed the Meddling with Poetry course with Megan at The Writers Greenhouse. The course, adapted for the Coronavirus restrictions, proved delightful and lively and the content assured and comprehensive. Megan does a superb job in sharing her love and enthusiasm for poetry which worked well for a poetic novice such as myself. Great course!

I had actually participated in the very same course a year or so ago and was hoping it would really just act as a stimulus to get me writing again. However, it did so much more.

I found that I engaged with the material on a higher level. The [Meddling With Poetry] course is so well taught that a total beginner and an experienced poet can gain insights and new and creative learning opportunities are offered at every level seamlessly.

The current pandemic also meant that most online courses are being offered without thought or access to stimulating resources. Megan created I am sure very painstakingly weekly packs with all you can imagine in and more inside. Not only that but as a shielded student I was completely reassured by her amazing regime to keep packs COVID free.

If you are thinking of doing a course with Megan, my recommendation is go for it. You won’t find anyone better out there!

I attended the Starting Points course in March 2020, and it exceeded all my (already high) expectations. Megan is a brilliant teacher - reassuring, motivating and fun, and she creates a welcoming environment in which it's clear that all levels are genuinely welcome. It's also pretty remarkable that the course was able to seamlessly shift into online delivery (thank you, pandemic), without leaving me feeling that I'd missed out in any way. I hesitated for a long time before booking onto Megan's course, and I now have no idea why. If you're at all apprehensive or nervous (as I was) I suggest you just go for it - you definitely won't regret it!

This is an excellent course that is well worth the money. I have quite complex disabilities but could not fault Megan in the effort she made to accommodate me. This course has a good balance of actual writing skills and methods of enhancing your creativity and has finally got me properly writing instead of just making random notes in book. I would definitely recommend it and will be returning for further courses in the future. Even though its an 8 week course Megan also helps you to continue writing after that with all the free prompts on her website and she helps you to connect with other writers.

Megan is one of the best tutors I have come across. She makes the classes interactive, fun and they offer great learning thus stimulating your own creative juices.

Since the lockdown and classes continuing electronically Megan has continued to provide materials for us to keep focused if we choose.

Thank you Megan for the chance to understand a little more about the world of writing. Look forward to another course sometime soon.

Megan is a wise, knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. Her venue is lovely, the atmosphere is lively, and it’s great meeting a diverse group other writers.

I’m a big fan of Megan’s courses and have done others already. They were so good that I figured this probably would be too - and it was.

The course was exactly the way it was described on Megan’s website. It’s an assortment of exercises and tasters of a wide range of types and methods of writing, tied loosely together by the theme of creativity. It’s less systematic and sequential than the other courses and some things were more relevant to my own writing than others, but that was expected given the diversity of topics.

The classes are fast-paced and interactive. Lots of fairly short activities. Lots of discussion. Lots of stimulating ideas. Lots of different exercises to suit different learning styles.

We moved online for the last couple of sessions because of the coronavirus and Megan did a brilliant job of adapting the course for this, organising classes on Zoom (and a tutorial on how to use it) and mailing out worksheets etc.

This was such a fantastic course from a passionate and inspirational teacher. I was a little apprehensive at first as writing can be so personal but Megan put everyone at ease right from the start. There's so much excellent content but still a lot of time to practice what you learn, and tasks to complete at home between lessons. This was one of the best courses I've ever taken and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it anyone thinking about taking their first steps into creative writing.

I cannot rate this course/workshop highly enough or Megan as a teacher. It started as a face to face group of 12 at Megan's house and due to current COVID19 restrictions transitioned smoothly to online with very little fuss but no less enjoyment.

As someone new to creative writing and therefore very nervous, I found Megan to be, kind, encouraging, incredibly knowledgeable, and most importantly fun. She put us at our ease and no question was too stupid to ask.

You did not need to know technical terms, have read all the classics or ever written creatively before. I'd say just inquisitiveness and a love of words required. Although really appreciating notebooks helps. The course is set up in such a way that you are prompted to be creative almost without noticing. Tasks are set for outside of class, which was no hardship, and helped me see my place in the world very differently.

I highly recommend. If you have ever had an inkling or a sliver of a thought that you might, perhaps one day, maybe write something, then this is the place for you.

Just finished the Starting Points course with Megan Kerr. Her course came recommended to me and I now recommend it wholeheartedly to you. Lively and perceptive, Megan delivers a friendly and lively course, and, unphased by the current social distancing protocols, she moved seamlessly to on-line sessions, which were just as successful. Thinking of starting to write - start here!

I took the science fiction and fantasy course and thought it was absolutely stand-out. Megan is an inventive, enthusiastic and supportive teacher, and I felt I learned a huge amount from her. Whether you're just starting out on your writing journey or you're more established, everyone will be able to take something useful away from the sessions. I can't praise her highly enough, and I'd encourage you all to sign up to one of her courses!

I recently completed Megan's Imaginary Worlds course and it was an absolute joy. Megan is a very talented teacher: knowledgeable, imaginative and meticulously organised. Her passion for writing is infectious and I felt inspired after every session. Feedback was always constructive and on point. The course helped me break into a novel I'd been struggling with for ages and has given me real momentum. The course is suitable for everyone, from absolute beginners to published writers. I'll be back for more! Thank you Megan.

Megan is a wonderful teacher who balances absolutely and thoroughly knows her stuff with a really supportive, nurturing approach to teaching that helps creativity to flourish, especially for those people who have suffered with a harsh style of teaching before or are habitually self-critical. The course was really well planned and structured, the materials were wonderful and it gave me a great sense of the enjoyment you can get from writing, as well as real progress. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone!

Apologies first off if this review isn’t a literary masterpiece. That’s no reflection on Megan’s teaching. It’s a reflection of me not procrastinating. I’ve been going to Megan’s classes for several years, I’m a massive fan, and it’s high time I wrote a review.

The classes are enormous fun, and suitable both for people who just want to try something different (as I did in the beginning) and for committed writers (as I am now). Megan’s enthusiasm and energy are inspiring; I always come away energised and full of ideas. Little gems of advice she gave me ages ago have stuck with me ever since. The classes are discussion-based and activity-based, so you’re always involved and engaged. Megan is super organised, so there literally isn’t a moment wasted. She also prepares little booklets of notes so that you can just relax and get stuck into the activities and not stress yourself out trying to write everything down. Megan is knowledgeable about and respects different genres of fiction, including science fiction – a big deal to me because that is my thing. She is also really aware of, and accommodating of, personal circumstances such as particular health needs, different learning styles, personality types etc.

The classes are small enough that it’s personal and you get a chance to talk to everyone. And the house is lovely -- a pleasure to spend time in. Thanks Megan!

I have been on almost all the courses and workshops that Megan from The Writer's Greenhouse offers and they are all of the highest calibre. The courses are for experienced and inexperienced writers alike and Megan's teaching is superb. It is process learning where you build in your understanding by doing activities there and then, and she gives you a booklet summing up what you have learnt at the end of the session, so you don't have the pressure of taking notes. She has a great sense of humour so the classes never get over-serious or precious, and there is a lot of interaction with the other students. She also understands the various different sensitivities aspiring writers can have so will never put anyone on the spot, and her feedback is always clear, full of information and encouraging, never damning or humiliating. They are probably some of the best courses and workshops of this type anywhere!

I’ve never attended a writing course in my life. I wasn’t even allowed to study English Literature at ‘O’ level. It was with some trepidation therefore that I signed up for two (out of five) day-long Summer School workshops with Megan.

In the first 10 minutes I felt out of my depth. In the next 10 minutes I’d pulled myself together and allowed common-sense to prevail over panic. By the end of the day, my grey matter had been well and truly stimulated and I’d met some lovely people. I’d published a non-fiction book earlier this year which had received very good reviews on Amazon. I was keen to see what transferable skills I could glean from a course principally aimed at writers of fiction.

Megan’s workshops are impeccably planned, fast-paced and with excellent content. Concentrate or drown. After decades of being a passive reader, this workshop forced me to take an objective view of the written word, not in a navel-gazing way. Definitely more pragmatic and fascinating. Mary

My weekly writing class at The Writers' Greenhouse quickly became a highlight of my week. It is a rare pleasure these days to hang out with a diverse group of people and let your mind wander. Megan facilitates this excellently and guides the group in such a way that encourages ideas to flow and directs them into something practical. The result is that you learn about the elements of creative writing while at the same time figuring out your own style, methods and strengths. Each week, the topic of the day opened allowed me to think differently and get lost down interesting pathways.

You come away with a good idea of how to develop a story, make compelling characters who have interesting dialogue, raise the stakes and much more. You will also learn to feel comfortable with a blank page and the writing process, which is messy and exasperating even for the world's bestselling authors.

Page Turners - Saturday workshop 3 Aug 2019

Another brand new and completely brilliant Saturday from Megan. As always a fun filled day with great activities and discussions with class mates (Megan provides sample stories for anyone who hasn’t got a work in progress). I really made huge progress with my story in exactly the way I needed. I saw how to make it grip the reader’s attention and keep them hooked, from the overall theme right down to each individual scene or page. I saw how quite often I was getting it right, and how at other times it was off the mark but I hadn’t known why. Lots of inspired editing to do now! A great workshop for people starting out on their first story too, you will learn how to map out and structure the suspense! Get started on the right track!

I really enjoyed the Story Elements Course. This is the second course I've done through The Writers' Greenhouse and it was just as good! The course is fun and collaborative with lots of resources to take away with techniques and ideas on how to create story. It's lighthearted but covers the essentials for getting the pen moving and keeping it moving. I especially enjoyed the range of often wacky stories that were created amongst the groups. And I met a really lovely group of people through it too. I valued the opportunities to submit some of my own work (poems) for feedback which was so helpful. It was also good to know that you didn't necessarily have to be in the middle of writing your 600 page novel to attend the course......the course I think could also work for anyone wanting to explore their creativity, if that is an area that has taken a back seat in life.

I attended the 'Imaginary Worlds' course at the beginning of 2017: my first course at The Writers' Greenhouse. From the outset I was impressed by Megan's expertise and professionalism, and by the volume of ideas which she managed to cram into every session without anything ever feeling rushed. Each lesson focuses on a different aspect of building and exploring a fantasy/science fiction world, using examples from a spectrum of novels to illustrate the ideas.

I embarked on the course as someone who is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and had already completed writing a fantasy novel, so I was both surprised and delighted at how much it was able to expand on my existing knowledge. Of particular interest was the way in which the elements of creating a fantasy world were helpfully broken down into categories covering different aspects of culture, and how these things interact with each other and with the process of building a story. I had previously been making the cultures of my worlds up as I went along and wondering how to get away from some of the cliches I kept falling into, so the idea that one could (and in at least some respects should) design the background in advance, was revelatory!

This course gave me a whole new perspective on the genre in which I write, but I must stress that it is not only for people who already read/write/like science fiction and fantasy: there is plenty of material here even for those who are completely new to the genres. I witnessed one of my classmates, who had barely read any fantasy, developing a highly imaginative novel plot by the time we finished the course! Overall it was a fantastic experience, and I have made frequent use of Megan's beautifully typed note booklets for projects since!

Meddling With Poetry: Poetry-Writing Course

If you're interested in poetry but don't know where to start or were frustrated by the way it was taught at school, this is the course for you. Taking as its starting point the idea that poetry is for everyone and that its forms are the equivalent of a linguistic Lego box, it invites you to participate in a joyous romp through a wide range of styles, forms and techniques.

I took this course at the beginning of 2019, having read a certain amount of poetry but written relatively little (and still less that I was satisfied with). As we deconstructed the work of published poets, we not only got to play with different structures but also explored the use of imagery and meaning that would bring our own poetry to life.

Megan's handling of a class which included a vast range of writing backgrounds and experience levels was exemplary throughout. Her hands-on approach, with a different form and technique explored every week, ensured that there was always something new for those with prior knowledge; and also that those with no experience of the topic never felt left behind (I was in both of those positions on different weeks). We covered more ground than I would have thought possible in the time available, and yet nothing seemed rushed: we always had time to discuss the material - a great aid to internalising what we had learned - and we never left a class without having tried out several new things for ourselves.

At the end of each class we were presented with a beautiful booklet containing the week's worksheets, poems, and a selection of prompts to aid our writing practice; so there was never any need to make notes as we went along. Those who wanted to had the opportunity to follow a 'poem a day' practice during the course, though it was made clear from the outset that we were welcome to adapt this element to suit our individual schedules. We were given plenty of advance warning of the weeks when we were to bring in some of our own work to share.

We were greatly encouraged to keep an open mind not only towards unfamiliar forms but also towards our own poetic efforts: experimentation and the writing of nonsense while learning new forms and techniques was something to be embraced, and belittling our own work was positively banned! (Constructive criticism, on the other hand, was a constant positive presence.) My personal Achilles' heel when learning new styles of writing is always the desire to produce something publication-worthy on my first try, so this was both challenging and very liberating.

I would recommend this course to anyone who has even a sliver of an interest in poetry inside them, no matter how deeply you think it's buried. You will find a wealth of knowledge and confidence here.

This course got me writing poems, I had great fun and learned so much. Classes focus on free verse, sensory imagery, effective rhyme, natural metre and economy of language amongst others. The 8 week printed booklet you collect during the course is an incredible resource for future reference, packed full of information on more than 50 different poetic forms and techniques, I found a lot of the 'quickie' short poetry forms were a great threshold to having a go, and even odd phrases in bad poems I wrote turned up later in better shape or fed into fictional prose. As always with Megan's classes, the atmosphere was friendly, informal and uncompetitive with lovely people. You're never forced read out something you've just written in class, so nobody plays Wack A Mole with emerging confidence! Thanks, Megan.

The poetry course was excellent. We received so much input and new poetry forms to try out, exercises and feedback. It was fun - achieving a great balance between fun and working hard at the craft. Megan is lovely! She knows her stuff and has created one of the best courses I've been on.

I chose Meddling with Poetry because I had just done the Starting Points course last autumn, and began to have an inkling that I maybe enjoyed expressing myself more poetically. The Meddling with Poetry syllabus was a good introduction to all different kinds of form. Megan's teaching style is so much fun. I love that we sit in small tables and do lots of group activities as well as some exercises alone in class. There is so much interaction and it never fails to stimulate my creativity. There are grapes, and tea and biscuits which is so reassuring.

I learned so much from the Meddling with Poetry class. I'm more naturally about spontaneous creative self-expression, mostly through painting. But this class taught me a real appreciation for form and how to break things down to tackle writing in a form. I got so much from the experience and great satisfaction from what I was able to write during the course period. The people who take these classes are great people too. I really enjoyed the social aspect a lot also.

I took Megan's Starting Points course in Oct-Nov and Meddling with Poetry in Feb-Mar 2019 and both were wonderful. Each class is well thought out, well resourced, fun, practical, engaging and social in a creative, cosy environment. All led by Megan, knowledgeable and ever-encouraging. In all courses there are opportunities to give and receive feedback on your writing which is incredibly valuable.

Each lesson is designed to spark inspiration and creativity in various ways, and they succeed. I miss being there each week and I suppose others do too as so many people attend course after course.

Starting Points was perfect for me, a person with will but no direction - an introduction into various writing forms and creative activities to keep you writing forever.

Meddling with Poetry was running for the first time ever when I joined. I hadn't really written any poetry since school but I never felt discouraged. The message was just to keep on writing, playing, observing and enjoying language.

I would recommend any of Megan's courses to anyone at any level of writing ability.

Fantastic, engaging, interactive courses. I attend as many as I can. So much better than other courses I've been on and met fabulous, interesting people who I now meet with regularly.

Beyond First Draft:

This is the hardest part of the writing process for me, and Megan's workshop was absolutely fantastic at providing ways to make it easier - lots of practical tips and processes were presented in a fun, invigorating and motivating way. I'm really enjoying getting to the second draft now, and I never thought I'd ever say that!

Megan's Summer Saturdays are fun-filled, and packed with focussed activities, tailored to participants' special requests, so they are unique. I'd happily recommend these for beginner writers, or anyone who is looking to improve or fine tune their work. The 3 I attended were:

Writing in Scenes (Saturday 28 July 2018)

I'd written plenty of scenes in my story without really realising they were scenes, or how to get the best out of them. We learned the ingredients of a good scene; how to tweak it and make it special. The workshop also covered handling important scenes and constructing convincing action scenes. I now understand that there is a kind of underlying structure to a scene and can see why parts of my story sometimes weren't quite working. I'm now much better able to increase the tension, drama and excitement.

Honing Your Style (Saturday 25 Aug 2018)

We learned that there were different kinds of prose, all of which were great in their own way, but I could see how I could tweak my style in a slightly different direction. It was a choice, and I could be just as subtle or dramatic as I liked. We worked on imaginative ways of describing ordinary things, and creatively tackling the dreaded clichés that tend to creep in all the time. I realised that my style was actually better than I thought, but now have a good sense of the some of the pitfalls and why some of my writing either felt really right, or really wrong!

Beyond the First Draft (Saturday 1 Sept 2018)

We learned about the levels and layers of editing, and what to tackle when. We tried out creative and colourful ways of organising content, tightening things up, cutting things down and expanding thin parts. Because we worked on our own stories (though Megan will supply material for anyone who hasn't got that far!) I was able to see how quickly and how dramatically I could improve my first draft. I'm delighted to say that pulling it together and working on the flow and the impact could now become addictive. This day is perfect for anyone who has written enough of a first draft that it begins to need editing - you certainly don't need to have completed a whole book.

You will not find another workshop like this anywhere!

A fantastic day workshop on how to write characters not like yourself. It was full of interesting ways to help think through, develop and write other characters. It was also a great opportunity to meet other people who are writing and feel inspired. As always, Megan's teaching style is fun and informative without anything scary for us shy people :-)

I’ve recently come to the end of the 12 week Story Elements course and would recommend it to anyone who loves writing, wants to write, or hasn’t started writing yet. It’s really packed and goes at a good pace. This really helps with motivation and those moments of ‘stuckness.’ It also means that you don’t realise quite how hard you’re working and at the end you’re amazed by what you produced.

There are so many useful and practical details on this course about elements of the writing process I simply would never have considered.

If I had to pick real highlights it would have to be the fact that the course is great fun, I enjoyed working with a great group of people but, above all it’s Megan’s great sense of humour and enthusiasm which underpins the course and her sharing of her own writing tips and process.

I’ve been on a couple of other courses and have read countless books on writing, but Megan’s course is the first to get me writing and keep me writing. Thank you Megan for the games, the ideas, the tips. Really great!

I recently attended the Story Elements workshop run by Megan. I found this course absolutely invaluable and Megan is an inspirational teacher. Coming into the class with no previous writing experience I was quite apprehensive but quickly found the course to be extremely engaging, well structured, informative and instructive and - most importantly - hugely enjoyable. Megan has clearly spent considerable time and effort in developing, delivering and refining the workshop and this shines through when you experience it.

If you are considering releasing that "inner book" and want to know the tools, tips and tricks of the trade then this is absolutely 100% guaranteed to help.

After doing the Creative Writing Starting Points course last Autumn, I would highly recommend the 12 week Story Elements course to anyone with an interest in creative writing, whether you are already working on a project or even if you just have a vague ambition to start one! I so enjoyed working with such a friendly, dynamic and interesting group, learning more about the structure and mechanics of building a story. My favourite topics were Plot Layering, Place, Time, Detail and Characters.

Megan's classes are fast paced, informative, varied and fun and she combines positivity, good humour and generosity of spirit with expertise, erudition and a touch of magic. At weeks 4, 8 and 10, the course offers the opportunity of Megan's professional feedback on three pieces of writing up to 2,000 words or 40 lines of poetry, something which I dreaded last year but now recognise as invaluable. I hope to do the new Poetry course next year.

I took the Starting Points course. It was such a treat to spend an evening a week creatively exploring one or two aspects of writing. I signed up to dislodge some of the crust on my writing practice, to open up a few new perspectives, and have fun trying some new things. Megan's course delivered on all counts: light-hearted yet serious, well-paced as well as relaxed, depth of content plus plenty of frivolity, fairy lights, and laughter. There was room to get to know other participants a little bit, share some work, and also focus on an unfolding personal creative process.

The course is really packed with material and activities yet the evening does fly by all too quickly. Megan is great at creating, holding, and motivating the space for people at multiple levels simultaneously-- she is right that this course works equally well for beginning writers and those with more experience. She structures 'homework' activities so as to help you bring creative practices into your life as habits in a persisting way. I wholeheartedly recommend The Writer's Greenhouse & hope to take another course in the future.

I attended the 8 week creative writing course Starting Points this autumn. It was fantastic! I haven't done any regular creative writing in over 10 years and wasn't sure what to expect. Maybe I imagined the process to be serious, hard work and instructive, which would be helpful and interesting, but I hadn't anticipated how much fun it would be, or how vibrant the people on the course I would meet were. Megan is a dynamic teacher with plenty of ways to help you improve your writing but her real skill is making the whole process inviting, fulfilling and fun which allows all the information, hard work and learning to happen painlessly.

Each week focused on a different starting point and includes things like genres, flash fiction, poetry, ingredients for a plot and so forth. This meant that we were exposed to a wide variety of types of creative writing and I learnt about forms I didn't know were recognised. It was a wonderful opportunity to experiment with styles and forms of writing that you would normally avoid or hadn't previously considered. I enjoyed the chance to practice free writing and explore poetry-things that I had not paid attention to before. This course really was a great starting point that has got me writing again.

I attended the course after a prolonged period of ill health, advised Megan that I was still recovering and was not sure how good my stamina would be. I found her to be extremely thoughtful and considerate of my needs. Therefore, don't let health concerns deter you from finding out if the course is suitable for you!

I’ve just completed the Creative Writing Starting Points course which I found very helpful and enjoyable. I was very nervous about going, whether I wrote well enough to participate and the possibility of getting confidence-crushing criticism. I actually sat in the car before the first lesson wondering if I was brave enough to go in. (Heart of a lion, this one…) I had been put off other courses demanding to know if I was SERIOUS about my writing and ready to work HARD? Quite honestly, no, because I have a full-time job and a young family. I am SO glad I went that first week, and every week since. Megan is a fantastic teacher, the atmosphere is friendly, uncompetitive and fun. Feedback is constructive. Week after week I’d leave the class with others, all of us commenting on how quickly the time had gone. I’ve learned a lot, and am determined to keep writing regularly. This course really has opened a door!

I attended two of Megan's one-day summer-writing workshops and absolutely loved them. I desperately wanted to attend them all, frankly, because I knew just from one phone conversation that she is a rare gem of a teacher: the kind of person who imparts inspiration, wisdom, expertise and hard-headed advice in equal diplomatic measure. She brings out the very best in each student on the course, and we all benefited from the interactions with each other, the games and the brain-busting exercises that Megan had devised.

What a buzz in the room! So much creative energy! I think every one of us left with the impetus and resolve to write more and write better, and Megan's courses certainly delivered the tools for this in spades. I speak as a publishing professional - having been involved in fiction editorial for more than twenty years - and also as a published author. It was so humbling and fantastic and brilliant to discover how much more there is to the world I've inhabited for so long.

If I lived in Oxford, I'd be a regular student, and will certainly be keeping an eye out for more of Megan's weekend workshops. Her passion and vitality translate into the most innovative and informed writing programmes I've ever seen, and her generous spirit will leave you completely inspired to achieve whatever you drives you - whether it's just having fun with like-minded people, or completing the next bestseller.

I joined the Imaginary Worlds course because I wanted to think more creatively, get writing and meet some new people who love sci fi and fantasy - this course fulfilled all three but so much more! Having thought I would never be able to write a novel, I came away with 4 great new storylines; I met some amazing new friends and the weekly get-togethers in Megan's house quickly became the highlight of my week.

Megan's sessions are well structured, timed to perfection and full of laughter. She runs masses of exercises to break down any mental barriers you might have about writing and to get you to put pen to paper. They suit total novices like me and people with a novel in progress who need an injection of enthusiasm and rigour to get things done. I think the most valuable thing I have learnt is that I have the power to write, to stop shooting myself down before I even start, the process of moving from first to final draft and most important of all - the need to create regular periods of time when you commit to writing.

Expand Your Repertoire - Genuinely Inspirational!

I came to the Expand Your Repertoire one-day workshop having not written anything for 5 years. I left with a booklet full of ideas, renewed confidence in my writing, and some good friends to boot.

Megan is an excellent teacher, and every second of the full-day course was used to brainstorm, plan, introduce new ideas and angles, and then play around with them in our own writing.

I've been on a number of courses in London and Oxford, and this was certainly the best value-for-money of them all. So much so that, once I've finished this review, I'm going to carry on writing ;-)

I would heartily recommend Megan's courses to anyone considering creative writing; the mixture of people range from people who are new to the discipline, to people who have published several novels. Everyone got a lot out of the day. I can't wait for the next one.

Imaginary Worlds - Brilliant!!!

I'd been dithering about finding a writing course for a couple of years, fearing I wouldn't be able to come up with a good story, or that it would be a struggle working out a good plot, or simply that I haven't got it in me to write fiction anyway. I'm pretty good at emails, but I hadn't actually done any kind of creative writing since Primary School.

Megan got me writing ... stuff that I'd never imagined I could do ... in a way that I've never written before. Never in a million years would I have believed I could produce a scene featuring two teenage boys who got up to no good, set 30,000 years ago, creating a language based on Czech, inventing plant names, ceremonies, social structures, and locations. For me as a beginner writer, it was great not to focus on storyline and plot, but instead Megan got us tuning in to our imagination, pulling out anything that seemed like an 'idea' no matter how fantastical or daft it might seem at first. There was much shared discussion, and equally as much individual writing in small bite-sized chunks, inspired scribbling in coloured pens on neat little work sheets. We made collages with magazine pictures and special glue, we looked at cleverly focussed excerpts from books in which writers had effectively done what we were about to do. We had scrummy biscuits in the break.

Megan is a brilliantly focussed teacher with a hearty sense of humour. I'd arrive at the class tired after a full day at work, and very soon be buzzing with ideas and feeling inspired to just try something small, and see where it wanted to go. I actually couldn't wait to do my homework (most unusual) and found myself getting up early on a Sunday morning (even more unusual) just to try out an idea for 10 minutes without judging it ... and realised that I was now writing from a completely different part of my brain! You bet I've signed up for Story Elements now!

Imaginary Worlds

What an incredible teacher Megan is! After attending the summer sessions, I caught the Writers Greenhouse bug and wanted to spend more and more time creating in this greenhouse, no, hot house of magical ideas. Each lesson is so well organised yet fluid and flexible. I have picked up so many tools and ideas from the activities and exercises. Megan is so supportive no matter where you are on your writing journey. The personal feedback from our submissions was so invaluable. I really didn't want the course to end and can't wait for the next one and the summer workshops.

March 15, 2017

I loved, loved, loved Megan Kerr's 'Story Elements' writing course. I took the course in Fall 2016, and it was inspiring, fun, and incredibly organized and well-paced. I have taken other writing classes before, but Megan's was simply the best course of its kind I've experienced.

Megan creates a fun, inspirational environment while at the same time packing in an incredible amount of practical and useful information on the nuts and bolts of writing itself and the elements and structure of creating effective stories. Megan opened my eyes to the ways to build stories and access my own creativity through multiple different exercises. There is simply no dead space in the course-- each moment is focused and yet fun, and each section of activity is well-timed so that you are participating and learning the entire time.

The small group structure is effective and Megan sets a wonderful tone for participation and sharing that just works perfectly. Megan has planned out each lesson to the minute and prepares incredibly well, so you come away each week with very concrete knowledge and elements to practice through "homework." I found myself looking forward to the class each week and still miss it now that it's over.

If you are looking for a class to spark your own creativity, teach you practical steps of how to work creatively to get stories done, and inspire you to recognize good writing and create your own stories, look no further. I highly recommend Megan and her courses in The Writer's Greenhouse.

I've now been to three Writer's Greenhouse workshops and each turned out to be a really fun day, filled with playful, thought provoking and inspiring activities.

I'd not been on any writing workshops before, but after these I will definitely look to doing more in the future. As well as meeting new people from a whole mixture of backgrounds, each session left me with interesting ideas and new ways of working to take away.

I would say the summer of writing workshops are great whether you already write or are just thinking about beginning and want some fun exercises to give you food for thought or a gentle push.

On top of all this I've discovered some great new books and new writers through the extracts Megan uses - I'm looking forward to doing lots more reading and writing!

I found this course via Google after hunting high and low for a local writing course that didn't focus on the academic side of writing, and I can't recommend Megan enough. The atmosphere is friendly and you have so much fun; the hours just pass you by and I couldn't wait 'til the next class.

I wanted to meet a like minded group of writers to share my writing with and to receive assignments that would keep me motivated and on track. I got all of that and so much more. The activities in class are all time based so you can't overthink them which I found really useful. All the tasks completed went into the 'Plot Bank', which was a folder of concepts we had built up over the 12 week course, which got divided out in the last class. The homework assignments were very motivating: sometimes they were carrying on from tasks that we had done in class, and sometimes you could continue with your own piece if you were working on a novel outside of class.

The feedback on assignments I found really useful, and Megan would always give me good tips of what could be improved or what I needed to focus on more. With me, it was dialogue - she gave me a very good tip of colouring in the dialogue so I could focus on what each character was doing and feeling at the time, which I have begun to use moving forward, as well as so much more.

I loved every minute of the course and would highly recommend Megan if you want to take up writing, or like me you had something in progress but wanted to add extra layers and gain new ways of searching for inspiration.

After completing the 12 week course, the group have agreed to meet up every month and discuss what they have done to keep us all motivated, and I am storming through my own novel keeping in mind everything Megan has taught me. I will also be taking the popular follow on course once places are available. If you love writing but are stuck for ideas, you need to do this course. I can now say as a result I am more confident about talking through my ideas with people and find myself making writing time so I can progress with my own novel.

I recently completed this week course and I can highly recommend it. Megan is a great teacher and I was always disappointed when it was time to go home! This is the first writing course I've done and I'm really glad I chose it out of all the groups that are available. Megan provides a huge amount of course materials for you to work on during the sessions, and then sends you home with a handy little booklet recapping what you learnt that session, plus ideas for how to apply those points to your own novel. By the end, you have 12 booklets to remind you of everything you’ve done, along with a selection of the worksheets you’ve completed with the group so you can use the same ideas at home when working on your own writing.

Usually I am very private about my writing and don't share my work, but doing this course helped me to realise the benefits of sharing ideas with other writers. Even though you don’t directly discuss your personal work, it's great for building up your confidence in talking about your writing in general, and really opens your eyes to how beneficial it is to discuss things with others. It was a really supportive group and a thoroughly enjoyable 12 weeks. Tea, biscuits and colourful felt-tip pens provided :)

I can't recommend this course enough. Megan is a great teacher and the structure of the 12 weeks really gets into the important part of writing a novel - storytelling. This isn't a course on prescriptive grammar or a set of rigid rules to follow for developing a work - it's a series of exercises, experiments, games, and discussions which explore the full length and breadth of what goes into a novel. By the end of the course we had, as a group, an enormous pile of ideas, plots, characters, and concepts (which we could take home with us!). If you want to write but aren't quite sure where to start, or how to get ideas, this course is for you. If you're already writing and aren't quite sure where to go next, this is also for you. If you've got that one idea you've been playing with for years but never quite got around to writing down - well, I'm 10,000 words into mine.

I signed up for Megan's Novel Writing course having not done anything like this before. I had no idea what to expect and quite honestly on the first lesson almost drove away again through blind panic! I am glad I didn't, because this course has taken me from being a shy, nervous writer behind closed doors to a happier, more confident writer who has actually started submitting things!

Megan carefully planned a well structured week by week course around all the elements of building a novel, and although it's quite fast paced and expectations of you are quite high, you end up absorbing much more than you thought you would and by the end you realise just how much you gain from a mere 12 weeks. This isn't a course on how to write prose or find your voice, it is for people who need a bit of help with the elements of novel building, techniques, what goes where and how to structure the full package of a novel.

The environment is incredibly supportive, relaxed and informal yet the pace and exercises keep it feeling professional and constructive. Megan provides an enormous wealth of materials and activities which are effective because they are structured and fun and she makes it clear what the outcome should be for each one. Megan has a huge bank of knowledge in all things writing and by working with her and the group of students together it makes for an inspiring and brilliantly fun experience.

I would recommend this course for anyone wanting to develop their story building knowledge and to get inspired to write again. I wouldn't recommend it if you think you already have a vast knowledge of plot layering, characterisation etc and just want to write.

I have attended several writing workshops over the years and this one-day workshop was by far the most enjoyable and useful. It was supportive without being prescriptive.

The well-prepared activities balance collaborative, imaginative fun with practical approaches for developing believable characters and solid plots. These activities, with visual and physical elements, help to make the process less abstract and more manageable.

Megan's classroom experience is evident in her supportive, inclusive manner and high expectations. I was absorbed by the activities and only later did I realise quite how much ground we had covered and how many new ideas and strategies I was taking home with me.

On the one-day course, writers are asked to share their current writing projects for group discussion and developmental activities. For me, these exceptionally helpful for unlocking characters and plot from their synopsis and in bringing a fresh and optimistic perspective to the whole project.

I found it to be an inspiring, informative and professionally organised workshop that was also enormous fun. I recommend it heartily to fiction writer who is looking for constructive organisational tips and creative stimulation.
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