Writing Courses 

Tutor: John Jenkins

5 Week Course – £60 per course.

6 Week Course – £72 per course.

Poetry Appreciation – NEW!

Tutor: Johnnie Young

10 Week Course – £160 per course.

Course 1 : Writing for Pleasure

Have you always wanted to write? Now is your chance!

Whether you want to write your life story, develop a useful second income or graduate to a full-time occupation as a feature writer and author of fiction, this course will encourage you to get started and answer the basics of the craft. The sessions will include everything you need to know about writing and help give it a professional polish. No previous experience required.

Course Dates:

Monday 8th January to 5th February and 19th February to 25th March, 10am to 12pm (With half term break on 12th February )

These courses are consecutive and can be paid for together if preferred.

Course 2 : Poetry Appreciation - Tutor Johnnie Young

Do you love great poetry? This is the course for you. It is designed to look at the work of ten great poets drawn from a range of periods in English Literature. The aim of the course is to heighten appreciation of the poetry in such a way as to inspire and evoke a desire to want to explore the poets’ work further. The poets to be studied are: William Shakespeare; William Blake; John Keats; Thomas Hardy; Emily Dickinson; William Butler Yeats; TS Eliot; Dylan Thomas; Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin.

Johnnie is a published Bloomsbury Educational author with over thirty years of experience teaching English Literature. He makes the learning active and fun.

Course Dates:

Thursday 11th January to Thursday 21st March (with half-term break on 15th February). 9.45am to 12pm (with 15 minute break)

2.25 Hours.

John Jenkins


John has been teaching creative writing in its various forms here at Allendale House for more than 10 years. His vast experience and knowledge has helped many local people publish their own work.

Johnnie Young


Johnnie joined us in January 2024. He is a published Bloomsbury Educational author with many years of experience teaching English Literature.

His enthusiasm is infectious as he brings his subject matter to life. Learning with Johnnie is active and fun.

Ready to get started?