An introduction to news and feature writing with Tony Padman

Creative writing and publishing

Ref: SWE11789

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About this course

Gain the key skills and confidence needed to write news and feature articles for newspapers and magazines. This practical course will show you everything from developing ideas to interviewing, writing styles, story structure, editing and getting published.

Course Description

If you have read articles in newspapers and magazines and wished you could do the same, then this is the ideal course to show you how to go about it. This beginners course aims to give you a greater understanding of how publications operate; how to write news and features articles and how you can use your work, hobby and life experiences to get published.

Taught in a practical, simple and straightforward way, you will experience a different style of writing that is used to produce news and feature articles. There will be a focus on how to write the stories, how to insert your quotes and how to edit to length. You will discover how a story progresses from the idea to interviewing, writing, editing and publication.

With over 26,000 magazines and 2,000 newspapers published in Britain every year, there’s never been a better time to try writing news and features articles – whether it’s for newspapers, magazines or newsletters covering the A to Z of careers and hobbies from education and entertainment to crafting and cars.

We’ll look at what makes a good story and what doesn’t; what you want to write about; where to find ideas and how hard and soft articles differ. This course will also show you how to structure your story, how to use quotes and different writing styles. You will receive regular feedback throughout and benefit from the tutor’s 20 years writing news and features articles for local, regional and national newspapers and magazines.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Pen, paper and (optional) a publication you might like to write for.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Tony Padman

Tony Padman began his journalism career in 2001 writing news and features for local and regional publications before moving to Fleet Street’s national newspapers including The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Mail. Following a media studies degree and further courses in journalism, he later undertook his teaching qualification in 2009 and he continues to enjoy teaching as much as journalism. Among the many people he has interviewed are Margaret Thatcher’s Chief Press Secretary, Sir Bernard Ingham; celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver and former ITN broadcaster and war correspondent Michael Nicholson.  


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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