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. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? On this day workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've worked hard on a screenplay but how do you sell it? This one-day intensive course, led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, identifies tools you can select to create a compelling Pitch Treatment.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. The art of writing the personal essay

    The art of writing the personal essay

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Writing funny fiction

    Writing funny fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Humour is an incredible vehicle for connection, promoting empathy and raising questions that may otherwise be hard to handle. Writers as diverse as Saki, PG Wodehouse, Shakespeare, and Lorrie Moore understand this. But what does it really mean to write funny fiction and what are the techniques writers use? Learn how to harness the power of humour in your fiction in this fun, supportive workshop.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  5. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Writing a rom com

    Writing a rom com

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Romantic comedies have been warming the hearts of cinema-goers for years. In this fun one-day course you'll learn the conventions of the genre and how to write a script that combines love and laughter to great effect. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Writing haiku poetry

    Writing haiku poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Copywriting: a taster

    Copywriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Good copywriting skills are increasingly important, whether you want to write your own website or your company’s sales literature, or hope to work in advertising or marketing. We'll cover the core elements of copywriting using examples and practical exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Developing your blogging

    Developing your blogging

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This fun but informative workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  10. Writing sonnets

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Or would that be a bit cliché? Explore new avenues with this old form in our inspiring day workshop designed to help students push their sonnet writing beyond the traditional lines set by Shakespeare and Petrarch.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Show rather than tell through quality dialogue. This one-day course will explore ways to develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Course Date: Wed 19 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do you become a freelance journalist? Discover the basic skills a journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers, magazines, blogs and other online publications. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors. Led by well-established journalist and coach Susan Grossman. Suitable for those looking to refresh their skills and for bloggers.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Craft of fiction reading & writing group: exploring 'Bird by Bird' by Anne Lamott

    Course Date: Fri 21 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Craft texts are a wonderful resource for any budding fiction writer and it can help our understanding if we chat about them with others. In this short session we'll discuss popular craft text 'Bird by Bird' by Anne Lamott and complete a writing exercise based on a key concept from the book.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  15. Online platforms for the modern-day poet

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The internet has opened up a universe of opportunity for budding poets, but how do writers make the most of this constantly changing platform? Find out on this fun but informative day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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