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Bishopsgate institute creative writing

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

We will explore the techniques used in the personal essay, the autofiction novel, and other journalistic and more experimental/hybrid forms. As a supportive group, we will share work and offer one another feedback, pushing one another to be braver, more self-reflective and more deeply engaged in our writing practice.

Each week we will look at and discuss extracts from contemporary writers working in different creative non-fiction forms. We will analyse and discuss the possibilities of each form and in the week that follows we will produce a piece of work in that style, sharing our work-in-progress with the group. We will also discuss ideas around “truth”, “reality” and narrative, exploring how the political, the personal and the imaginative intersect to create powerful and original writing.

Suitability – Who should attend?

This course is for anyone who is curious about language and ideas. It is for anyone who wants to develop their creative writing skills, take risks and engage in discussions about what it might mean to write the “truth”. It is a course for anyone interested in exploring how different narrative forms offer us new ways to understand and write the reality around us.


Looking to get creative and start crafting a story? Join one of our writing courses to develop your skills and share your work.

Activities in Writing

Writing Your Family History

Sat 14 May

Life Writing – The Next Step

Tue 14 Jun – Tue 19 Jul

Writing, Fiction and Memoir with Juliet Jacques

Sat 18 Jun


Eton Manor Boys’ Club was founded in 1909 in Hackney and was funded and run by four Old Etonians (Arthur Villiers, Gerald Wellesley, Alfred Wagg, and Sir Edward Cadogan) until it closed in 1967. The clubhouse, together with its nearby sports ground (The Wilderness), provided first-class sports and social facilities for boys aged 14 to 18, and who subsequently became members of the Old Boys’ Club. Eton Manor Boys’ Club boasts many former members who became international sportsmen.