The Marie Redmond Tuition 11+ Creative Writing Course

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Please note: The creative writing course is strictly limited to students that attend our term time courses.

11+ Creative Writing Course for the Reading School entrance examThe virtual 11+ creative writing course is taught by our experienced teacher, Anne, who has an immense passion for reading and writing and leads our Book Club, in addition to teaching 11+ courses. This option is particularly useful for boys preparing for The Reading School 11+ exam but is open to all our students.

Students attend one creative writing lesson per week on Zoom, which lasts for 45 minutes. During every lesson they participate in a fun writing skills warm-up activity which might focus on grammar or a literary device, they might read and analyse a writing example or use a story prompt, and then work on creating their own text.Marie Redmond's Superbrain® Creative Writing Notebook

Every week there is a focus which can include story settings, characters, openings, events / problems and resolutions. Students practise writing in a variety of formats such as stories, plays, newspaper articles and letters. They are taught to use a variety of literary techniques and we show them how to draft their work, as well as reviewing and editing.

Homework is set every week and students consolidate skills that have been taught during the lesson. Homework is submitted via email and the creative writing teacher annotates the text, as well as writing a short report about the piece. General points about the texts are also reviewed at the start of the next lesson.

One lesson per week on Zoom, lasting 45 minutes.

Fee, including books: £23 per lesson.

The creative writing course can be selected on the registration form when booking a term time course. If your child is already attending our term time course and you would like them to join the creative writing course, please contact us. The creative writing course is strictly limited to students that attend our term time courses and we are unable to make any exceptions to this.

Lesson Times

The creative writing course takes place on Tuesdays during term time:

  • Group 1: 4:30-5:15pm
  • Group 2: 5:30-6:15pm
  • Group 3: 6:30-7:15pm

Creative Writing Course Term Dates (2023-24 Academic Year)

Autumn Term 2023 Spring Term 2024 Summer Term 2024
Tuesday 26th September Tuesday 9th January Tuesday 16th April
Tuesday 3rd October Tuesday 16th January Tuesday 23rd April
Tuesday 10th October Tuesday 23rd January Tuesday 30th April
Tuesday 17th October Tuesday 30th January Tuesday 7th May
Half Term (no lesson) Half term (no lesson) Tuesday 14th May
Half Term (no lesson) Half term (no lesson) Half Term (no lesson)
Tuesday 7th November Tuesday 20th February Half Term (no lesson)
Tuesday 14th November Tuesday 27th February Tuesday 4th June
Tuesday 21st November Tuesday 5th March Tuesday 11th June
Tuesday 28th November Tuesday 12th March Tuesday 18th June
Tuesday 5th December Tuesday 19th March Tuesday 25th June
Tuesday 12th December Tuesday 2nd July
Tuesday 9th July
Tuesday 3rd September (refresher lesson)

Creative Writing Course Term Dates (2024-25 Academic Year)

Autumn Term 2024 Spring Term 2025 Summer Term 2025
Tuesday 24th September
Tuesday 14th January
Tuesday 22nd April
Tuesday 1st October
Tuesday 21st January
Tuesday 29th April
Tuesday 8th October
Tuesday 28th January
Tuesday 6th May
Tuesday 15th October
Tuesday 4th February
Tuesday 13th May
Tuesday 22nd October
Tuesday 11th February
Half Term (no lesson)
Half Term (no lesson) Half Term (no lesson) Half Term (no lesson)
Half Term (no lesson) Tuesday 25th February
Tuesday 3rd June
Tuesday 12th November
Tuesday 4th March
Tuesday 10th June
Tuesday 19th November
Tuesday 11th March
Tuesday 17th June
Tuesday 26th November
Tuesday 18th March
Tuesday 24th June
Tuesday 3rd December
Tuesday 25th March
Tuesday 1st July
Tuesday 10th December
Tuesday 8th July
Tuesday 17th December
Tuesday 2nd September (refresher lesson)

Fees (2023-24 Academic Year)

In the 2023-24 academic year, the creative writing lessons will cost £23 each and will be invoiced monthly. All resources are included.
Month Number of lessons Total fees
September 2023 1 £23
October 2023 3 £69
November 2023 4 £92
December 2023 2 £46
January 2024 4 £92
February 2024 2 £46
March 2024 3 £69
April 2024 3 £69
May 2024 2 £46
June 2024 4 £92
July 2024 2 £46
September 2024 (refresher lesson,
recommended only for students
about to start Year 6)
1 £23

FAQs About The Creative Writing Course

When do the lessons take place?

The creative writing lessons take place once a week during term time.

How many children attend the creative writing course?

There are a maximum of 10 students in each creative writing lesson.

What is the cost?

The fee, including resources, is £23 per lesson. Please note: new registrations for the creative writing course are only available to students attending our term time courses.

How will I pay?

All creative writing course payments are required by Direct Debit or credit/debit card. As the weekly lessons take place virtually, the government does not allow us to accept Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare for the creative writing course (click here to find out why).

Invoices are issued at the beginning of each month and due on receipt.

We will email you a separate monthly invoice for the creative writing course on the 1st of each month and it will be due on receipt. The payment will cover the cost of all lessons during that month.

What is the notice period?

If you wish to cancel your child’s attendance on the creative writing course, you will need to let us know by the end of the month to cancel their attendance for the following month.

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