QUAD offers a chance to keep that New Year’s Resolution of ‘trying something new’ with courses in Film, Artists Training and Photography; plus seven different writing courses taking place at the venue in January and February.

In January DSLR Photography Level 1 with tutor Jon Legge is aimed at those who have recently purchased or want to learn more about their digital SLR camera. Back by popular demand, the course is suitable for people who are uncertain about the camera functions and features. By the end of the course participants should have the confidence to use the camera in a more creative way, and have a basic understanding of light, composition and colour. DSLR Photography Level 1 takes place in QUAD on Tuesdays from 6.15pm to 8.45pm over five weeks. The course runs from 16th January to 13th February, and is repeated again from 27th February to 27th March. Course fees are £160 or £140 concessions.

Talk Cinema is one of QUAD’s most popular film courses. The premise is simple, to see a film and meet the following week and discuss it in a lecturer-led discussion. The only entry requirement is a love of cinema and a desire to talk about it! The course includes five discussion sessions alternating with four film screenings. Talk Cinema runs in QUAD on Tuesdays from 6th February to 3rd April, at 7.00pm to 9.00pm although times vary on film screening nights. The course fees, which include entry to the selected  films, is £55 or £45 concessions.

From Idea to Publication is a Creative Writing Course, run by QUAD Literature Officer Alex Davis, is designed to give beginners and established writers a fun, informal and informative insight into what makes great writing. Covering key areas such as characterisation, description and dialogue, the course also includes advice on contacting magazines, presses and agents. From Idea to Publication Creative Writing Course with Alex Davis takes place in QUAD on Wednesdays, from 17th January to 7th March, at 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Fees for the eight-week course are £120 or £110 concessions.

Poetry from Start to Finish, with Derby writer and spoken word artist Sophie Sparham, is an in-depth course for beginners and established writers to develop their skills and writing techniques. The course will explore different poetic forms and writing techniques, with sessions on styles and form, editing, plus advice on publication and performance and publication. Poetry from Start to Finish with Sophie Sparham takes place in QUAD on Tuesdays, from 30th January to 6th March, at 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Fees for the six-week course are £70 or £60 concessions.

Women in Horror Creative Writing Course will be led by horror author, tutor and lecturer Charlotte Baker, with practical and theoretical ideas of writing in the horror genre, and a focus on celebrating women authors. Looking at concepts of originality and effective writing, with tips and hints to help you refine your work, the course will include sessions on defining horror and sub-genres, looking at favourite monsters in horror, examining ‘atmosphere’ in horror and establishing its importance in building suspense. The course also includes a critique of individual writing of up to 500 words. Women in Horror Creative Writing Course with Charlotte Baker takes place in QUAD on Mondays, from 5th to 26th February, at 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Fees for the four-week course are £50 or £40 concessions.

Back by popular demand, Writing from Life with novelist Eve Makis is a chance to use life experiences as the basis for fiction or memoir writing through a series of fun, structured exercises. Suitable for beginners and more established writers, the session includes writing advice and constructive feedback. Writing from Life with Eve Makis takes place in QUAD on Thursday 8th February, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and fees are £8.

Writing Fantastic Tales, led by fantasy author and tutor Ruth De Haas, provides the ideal introduction to writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror and includes how to get started, how to get it finished, how to plan your work, and how to sell it. Writing Fantastic Tales with Ruth De Haas takes place in QUAD on Saturday 17th February, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm and fees are £20.

Fantastic Plots and Players led by fantasy author and tutor Ruth De Haas, covers how to construct exciting plots and create memorable characters, primarily in science fiction, fantasy and horror writing, but also for writers of other genres. Fantastic Plots and Players with Ruth De Haas takes place in QUAD on Saturday 24th February, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm and fees are £20.

Writing Crime Fiction looks at one of the most popular and bestselling genres within publishing. Roz Watkins (author of The Devil’s Dice) reveals some of the secrets of great crime fiction, taking in crafting a plot and developing interesting characters and tips on getting a crime novel published. Writing Crime Fiction with Roz Watkins takes place in QUAD on Thursday 15th March, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and fees are £8.

Finally, QUAD will be offering a bespoke Artist Training and Development Programme will focus on project planning, practical digital skills, fundraising, socially engaged work and artists’ survival skills. The programme includes portfolio reviews, weekly studio time to work on a personal project that combines current practice and digital skills, to be shared with curators at the end of the programme. The programme aims to offer skills and career development opportunities to any artists or creatives working in any medium and at any stage of their career, to apply for a place, please contact debbiec@derbyquad.co.uk

For more information please call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/courses.aspx