Creative Writing Classes

J L Hall teaches a range of creative writing classes in her local community, and online

Her sell-out classes are creative, informal, and inspiring small-group workshops and longer courses for writers of all levels, forms, and genres. These include introductory classes in fiction and poetry, and more specialised courses in writing from life, nature and place writing, writing for wellbeing, women’s writing, and developing a creative practice. Her classes are accessible and welcome participants with disabilities.

With almost twenty years of Higher Education and adult education teaching experience, her courses help students become published writers. Former students have had writing featured in Mslexia, The London Reader, The Common Breath, Clover and White Literary magazine, The Ogilvie Review, and broadcast on the BBC. From these successes, students have progressed to be working on their own book proposals and pitches to agents and publishers.

J L Hall is particularly interested in working with marginalised writers, and is happy to develop bespoke workshops and courses upon request.

To find out more about J L Hall’s creative writing classes, please visit her Eventbrite page. To book a writing class through the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Author Directory, please click here.


Here’s what some of J L Hall’s writers have said about her classes:

I attended your Writing Workshop in October at the Portobello Book Festival and it was excellent. I highly recommend your coaching/teaching to everyone, it was really good. In fact, it helped me write my Chapter 1.

The piece I wrote in the last exercise I’m going to use as the basis for a submission.”

I started doing poems in your workshop and I’m trying to learn a bit more confidence with them.”

I have got a lot out of the exercises – some of them have become poems, short stories, or parts of a larger piece.  The ones that haven’t become something complete have fed into other pieces of work, or given me ideas to develop.  I’ve regularly had work published while I’ve participated in the [one-year community writing] course, and it has definitely helped me develop my writing.

For me something magic is definitely happening when I’m doing your workshops, the nurturing space you provide us opens up my ability to create. The focus that you choose for your workshops, the way that they are structured just resonates so well with how I like to work and I’m learning so much about how I want to move forward with my projects and how I work as a writer.

Perfect way to spend a dreich Saturday. And I wrote loads!

J L Hall photo credit: Margaret Drysdale