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Melanie Spencer

Melanie Spencer


Melanie Spencer

Melanie Spencer

Melanie is a freelance writer and theatre director. Her play Responsible Other was staged at Hampstead Theatre in June 2013 and received four star reviews from The Times, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Time Out and What’s On Stage.

Whilst her own background is writing for performance, she works across all disciplines including prose and poetry. Melanie studied at UEA – which has a long-established international reputation in literary studies – before completing a master’s degree in Text and Performance at RADA. She then refined her skills on the Young Playwright’s Scheme at Chichester Festival Theatre and is a graduate of the Channel Four Screenwriter’s Initiative. 

Melanie developed three major projects, staged in 2017, with the support of the National Theatre Studio, Royal Court, Wellcome Trust and Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Melanie’s classes are fun and very interactive – made up of a mixture of writing, talking and listening. She encourages students to look at their writing and consider what is working and what is not, and to help them recognise their own individual taste and reflect that in their work.

Jon Barton

Jon is a freelance writer who has worked across film, television and radio. He holds an MA in Writing and Script Development from Exeter University and has also studied at the Royal Court Theatre as part of their writers group.

Jon has written plays for the Old Vic Theatre (performing to an industry audience of twelve hundred people), Almeida Theatre, The Bush Theatre and HighTide Festival Theatre. His real passion is writing for screen and he has worked with BBC and Kudos, and received funding from the BFI to work with a script editor to develop his screenplay.

Jon really enjoys learning from other writers – particularly new ones – and sees his courses as a space to share ideas with like-minded people. His classes focus on the art of storytelling, and are fun and informative with plenty of feedback along the way.

“I’m passionate about writing and I want it to be infectious. I think people have this idea that doing a writing class is three hours of silence in an empty room, writing metaphors. Nope! I like to move fast and keep it fun. It’s all to do with teaching writers about storytelling form and structure, and how to use their instincts”

Classes Starting Soon With This Tutor

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Creative Writing Taster Classes1 NovMon18:30-20:302 hoursMelanie SpencerFora Space - Central Street£25.00
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Creative Writing – Beginners8 Nov - 13 DecMon18:30-21:006 weeksMelanie SpencerFora Space - Central Street£345.00
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Novel Writing Taster Classes13 JanThu18:30-20:302 hoursMelanie SpencerSecond Home, Clerkenwell£25.00
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Novel Writing Course20 Jan - 3 MarThu18:30-21:007 weeksMelanie SpencerSecond Home, Clerkenwell£425.00
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12 Mar - 13 AugSat11:00-13:002 hours (1 session per month)Melanie SpencerOnline£15.00
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Creative Writing Taster Classes17 MarThu18:30-20:302 hoursMelanie SpencerFora Space - Folgate Street£25.00
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Creative Writing Intensive – 5 Days21 Mar - 25 MarMon09:30-17:305 days (Monday - Friday)Melanie SpencerCity Academy at 38 Rosebery Ave.£595.00
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Creative Writing – Beginners24 Mar - 28 AprThu18:00-20:306 weeksMelanie SpencerFora Space - Folgate Street£345.00
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Online Creative Writing Course – Beginners30 Mar - 4 MayWed18:00-20:006 weeksMelanie SpencerOnline£179.00
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Novel Writing Taster Classes4 AprMon18:30-20:302 hoursMelanie SpencerFora Space - Dallington Street£25.00
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Novel Writing Course11 Apr - 6 JunMon18:30-21:007 weeks (No Class 18 Apr or 2 May)Melanie SpencerFora Space - Dallington Street£425.00
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Creative Writing Intensive – 5 Days6 Jun - 10 JunMon09:30-17:305 days (Monday - Friday)Melanie SpencerCity Academy at 38 Rosebery Ave.£595.00
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Creative Writing Taster Classes12 JulTue18:30-20:302 hoursMelanie SpencerOld Diorama Arts Centre£25.00
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Creative Writing – Beginners19 Jul - 23 AugTue18:30-21:006 weeksMelanie SpencerOld Diorama Arts Centre£345.00
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Creative Writing Intensive – 5 Days14 Nov - 18 NovMon09:30-17:305 days (Monday - Friday)Melanie SpencerCity Academy at 38 Rosebery Ave.£595.00
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