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It’s a belief, perpetuated and disseminated among and by writers, that the process of writing excellent prose is torturous. Hence the quote, credited to Hemingway: “writing is easy. You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.” Fortunately, many writers enjoy the writing process a good deal more than Hemingway did. In this day course you’ll learn techniques that make writing fun, but not at the expense of high standards.

In this day school we’ll begin by playing a writing game to unlock our creative flow. We’ll also use practical exercises to help switch off the critical mind while engaging the creative brain. We’ll discuss how to maintain a good balance between enjoyment of the writing process and effectiveness in telling a compelling story. We’ll also share strategies for how to live a creative life while juggling real life responsibilities. As a result of the day school students should feel better equipped to write – anything from an email to a novel – with elegance and ease.


Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

29 Nov 2020

Course duration

1 Day

Apply by

22 Nov 2020

Course fee



Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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