Take a Creative Writing Course in Edinburgh

Have you been looking for an excuse to get stuck in creative writing? Well, look no further! Skriva Writing School in Edinburgh offers one-off workshops as well as longer courses for writers of all abilities. Don’t be shy if you’ve never done any creative writing before, they welcome beginners and aim to create a friendly relaxed environment where your creativity can flourish. They do courses in Novel writing, Screenwriting, Non-fiction writing, Short stories, Poetry, and writing for the stage, the radio and even graphic novels! With so many options you’re bound to find a class and a price point to suit you!

Where can I find creative writing classes in Edinburgh?

Skriva Writing School in the West End offer tons of different writing workshops and courses, they even offer mentorship programmes and run writing/editing groups on a regular basis.

They are also committed to making their classes and the writing industry as a whole more inclusive to people of all backgrounds. Their teaching puts an emphasis on writing from a place of personal truth, aiming to teach you all the technical skills you’ll need to craft your authentic creative voice with the help of excellent professional tutoring. If you’re looking to kick your writing into the next gear then this is a great place to start.

  • Prices vary depending on the length of the course starting £- for one-off workshops and up to £1850 for 6-month courses
  • Check the website for dates of courses  (one starts after the previous one have finished)
  • Some longer courses require you to submit a writing sample via email
  • Currently, their courses are held over Zoom but they aim to return to in-person teaching soon

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What's on in Edinburgh

Charity Garden Opening - Hunter's Tryst

13 - 26 August, 2022
Well-stocked and beautifully designed, mature, medium-sized town garden comprising herbaceous and shrub beds, lawn, fruit and some vegetables, water features, seating areas, trees and an example of cloud pruning. This is a wildlife-friendly garden that has been transformed from a wilderness 38 years ago and continues to evolve. In 2017 two raised beds were added to the front garden. This hidden treasure of a garden was featured on The Beechgrove Garden in June 2015 and on The Instant Gardener in June 2016. As we were unable to open in 2021 due to serious house damage, it is particularly exciting to be able to welcome everybody back in 2022. This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.

Charity Garden Opening - 14 East Brighton Crescent

13 - 26 August, 2022
Roughly two-thirds of an acre suburban garden, developed over 40 years. People have said the following about it: 'A little bit of countryside in the town', 'Booming with green', 'A bosky bower' and 'There is such a wide range of plant material and every little corner holds a new gem'. This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.

Curious About Edinburgh

13 - 26 August, 2022
Heritage walk through historic Edinburgh, with an optional treasure hunt.

Edinburgh Art Festival

13 - 26 August, 2022
Scotland's largest annual celebration of visual art offers work by the best contemporary Scottish artists as well as exhibitions of the most important international artists and movements of the 20th century and other historical periods. This year, ten artists from previous Edinburgh Art Festival editions will present their work online to mark the dates of what would have been the 2020 event.

Edinburgh International Festival

13 - 26 August, 2022
Bringing world-class arts to the capital since 1947, the EIF sets the standard for classical concerts, opera, dance and theatre, while it's recently also added an excellent contemporary music strand.

International Comedy Jam

13 - 26 August, 2022

Psycho Capital: Calum Craik

13 - 26 August, 2022
Calum Craik’s new installation for Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop's street front gallery, examines the current neoliberal capitalist landscape through the lens of the objects and imagery it produces. The viewer is invited to navigate through a stage set of construction debris, precarious worker uniforms, defensive architecture and AirBnB rentals to arrive at a psychological space as much as a physical one. His sculptural vocabulary uses discarded materials and everyday items to examine labour, class, changing economies and complicity. 

Late Show Great Show

13 - 26 August, 2022

MaX-XiM

13 - 26 August, 2022

Dandelion -- Unexpected Garden: Edinburgh

13 - 26 August, 2022
28 April-11 September Situated to the north west of Edinburgh city centre, this Unexpected Garden is based in a truly remarkable location. Lauriston Farm is neighbour to Lauriston Castle, with dramatic views of the North Sea, surrounded by the communities of Silverknowes, Muirhouse and Cramond. A small mound has been landscaped into a gentle amphitheatre, filled with coastal planting and wild crop relatives, that will give a vantage point from which to take in the 100 acres of Lauriston Farm, where Edinburgh Agroecology Cooperative has been working hard to transform empty fields, marking out plots for community allotments, creating wildflower meadows and planting over 9,000 trees. A welcoming place to gather amidst this evolving setting, the Unexpected Garden will feature an earthen event and workshop space, built over the summer, where all comers are invited to help create large-scale puppets, banners and costumes celebrating the local community, food production and biodiversity. Don't miss the resulting musical procession - supported by North Edinburgh Arts - at a harvest event on 10 September. Events: Open Day- 25 June 2-5pm Please visit Dandelion.Scot for the most up to date information about the events at the garden.

Leon Morrocco: Long Road Home

13 - 26 August, 2022
This summer the Royal Scottish Academy will present Leon Morrocco: Long Road Home. Timed to coincide with the artist’s 80th birthday, the exhibition will position Leon Morrocco RSA as one of the most important Scottish painters of his generation. Although Morrocco was born in Edinburgh he has not lived in Scotland since 1979. This substantial survey exhibition charts the ‘long road home’ to showing in the Scottish capital this summer. Morrocco is one of the RSA’s longest standing members, having been elected an Associate of the Academy in 1971 at the age of 29. Highlighting lesser-known aspects of Morrocco’s long career, the exhibition will provide an insightful look at the practice of this celebrated, influential artist.

Zippos Cirque Berserk

13 - 26 August, 2022
Combining contemporary cirque style artistry with adrenaline fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, and daredevil stuntmen showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills. Don’t miss the world’s most hair-raising act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’, live in the circus ring.