Writing Courses in London

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  1. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Approaching an agent

    Approaching an agent

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Craft focus: edit like an expert

    Craft focus: edit like an expert

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches essential editing skills for writers who are self-publishing or submitting their work to editors for consideration.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Writing a short film

    Writing a short film

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a script for a short film over two days? This short course offers an insight into the fundamentals of screenwriting through tutor input, writing exercises, group work and discussion.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Writing children's poetry

    Writing children's poetry

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this interactive workshop you will be exploring a range of poetic styles for the different age groups. There will be plenty of practical activities, and a chance to perform a poem in a final ‘slam’.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Wed 29 May 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to develop the skills to plan, write and edit picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through teacher-led activity and group workshops.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Course Date: Thu 30 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This six-week course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun, inspiring day workshop explores the many sources of inspiration available to writers in their everyday lives.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students there is a special reduced fee of £27.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00

  10. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    This introductory short course is the perfect starting point for students who are interested in writing in the creative non-fiction genre. The course will cover both practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. Writing historical fiction

    Writing historical fiction

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is there a historical event, or maybe even in a period in time that you think is rich in great stories? Ever wondered how writers like Hillary Mantel, Phillipa Gregory and C.J. Sansom do it? Dig into the past for inspiration on this course and learn how to create historical fiction that speaks vividly to its period and to a contemporary readership.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Fri 7 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. Crime writing: an introduction

    Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in crime writing and explore the techniques behind character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere. Benefit from stimulating writing exercises, feedback and encouragement.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing press releases

    Writing press releases

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    News editors are inundated with badly written press releases. How do you get yours noticed? Learn the basics of writing effective press releases for business and the public sector, and get feedback on your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced course for those seriously engaged in writing a novel, you will look in greater depth at the mythic theory of plotting. The class atmosphere is supportive, but candid and serious. Please enrol only if you have completed 'Craft focus: novel plotting in depth'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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