Do you write:

  • travel features,
  • memoirs,
  • nature writing
  • food writing,
  • social history,
  • or observational pieces?

Then this course is for you!

Some writers think they can only be creative when it comes to fiction. With short stories and novels you have to create characters, settings, scenes and plots. But non-fiction can be creative too! Don’t believe me? Well, let me show you the many ways we can add creativity to our non-fiction. Non-fiction is about the truth, but how you convey that truth can be up to you.  Through a series of interesting exercises, we’ll examine how to bend the truth to make it more engaging to the reader!

Course Organiser

Name: Lois Maddox – Relax & Writer



Telephone: 01454 773579

Course Venue

Lilleshall National Sports and Conference Centre, Shropshire

Course Breakdown

This course is for anyone interested in exploring the craft of creative non-fiction, whether you’re a beginner or already have some success and want to develop further. The weekend is designed to give you a series of techniques for improving your narrative style, and creativity, with non-fiction projects.


Friday 16th November 2018

5pm to 6pm – Introduction to everyone in the group. An exploration into the world of creative non-fiction and how it came about.


Saturday 17th November 2018

9.45am to 10.45am – Show and Tell – the difference between journalism and creative non-fiction.

11.30am – 12.30pm – Writing in ‘scenes’. Giving your non-fiction writing a story-like structure.

3.00pm – 3.45pm – Interviewing and then stepping into your interviewees shoes: from third person to first person.

4.30pm to 5.30pm – Adding zing to your style. Injecting further creativity through your senses and vocabulary.

Evening: free time (or more time to work on your ideas!)

Sunday 18th November 2018

9.45am to 10.45am – Zooming in on the detail. Rekindling observation skills for the details that matter.

11.15am to 12.30pm – Final read-a-round of everyone’s work and those last-minute Q&As.


Approx £250 (includes all accommodation, food and tutoring). For exact cost contact Lois Maddox.


To book your place, please contact Lois Maddox, Course Organiser, whose details appear at the top of the page.

Course Content Query

If you have any queries concerning the content of the course, please feel free to drop me an email via the Contact page ( and I’ll try to answer as quickly as possible.