Creative writing
The long-running course at the Friends Meeting House in Skinnergate, Darlington, will continue on Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm, fortnightly starting either 22nd January (group A) or 29th January (group B). New members always welcome. The course is £55 per person.

Novel-writing masterclass
There will be a novel-writing masterclass at Cockerton Library on 9th February 1pm-3.30pm. This session will look at getting the crucial opening of the novel right in order to win over publishers/agents and, of course, readers. The session will be £15 per person.