Writing Courses in London

Learn to write stories, articles and poetry in the same college where big names in literature such as Dylan Thomas, Andrea Levy and Malorie Blackman have trained or taught. Our short writing courses take place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends, and are suitable for all levels - whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. How to get published

    How to get published

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is ideal if you are an experienced creative writer and want to explore the principles of novel writing in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey on this intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills as you work on your own project. New students with some writing experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.

    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Writing sports news and features

    Writing sports news and features

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Whether you want to write about tennis, athletics or the Women's Premier League, this short introductory course offers guidance on crafting quality sports news and features for online, print and broadcast. The course includes expert guidance from an ex-BBC sports editor and numerous guest speakers currently working in sports journalism.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing with confidence on this course, as we explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  7. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  8. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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
    Concession: £36.00

  9. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    This intensive fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. Please note: the deadline for applications is Monday 7th January 2019..
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  10. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. Masterclass: poetry review

    Masterclass: poetry review

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There are only ten places on this masterclass and the deadline for submitting an application is the 27th of December 2018. Successful candidates will be notified by 28th of December 2018. More details on how to apply, below.



    This poetry masterclass combines a mix of in-class instruction and home-study and is devised to guide advanced poetry students in further developing their poems and collections. The course culminates with an invitation for enrolled students to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The event takes place in the final week of term 2 on Wednesday 27th of March 2019.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  12. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inventive course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create new kinds of poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For experienced poets.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  13. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Review the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  14. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  15. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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