Writing

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. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This engaging one-day course will introduce the key features of creative non-fiction. Explore narratives such as memoir and the non-fiction novel. You'll also get the chance to take part in practical writing exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Course Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of creating a great comedy sketch. Study the brilliance of classic sketches and learn how to deploy their techniques in your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 24 Oct 2018 (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

  4. Travel writing

    Travel writing

    Course Date: Wed 24 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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    Writing horror for the screen

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As Halloween approaches, unleash your terrifying idea for a script onto the world with this intensive writing horror for the screen workshop. Suitable for beginning screenwriters and all those with an interest in the horror genre.

    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  6. Writing situation comedy for TV

    Writing situation comedy for TV

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamental techniques for writing situation comedy for TV. Learn how to set up your own comic world, fill it with characters, and tell your story through well-crafted scenes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Picture book writing: workshop

    Picture book writing: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018 (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

  10. Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This day workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Erotic poetry

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The erotic is a glass prism, refracting a spectrum of ideas, experiences and desires for each individual. This day workshop guides students in developing poems that sensitively capture and deconstruct elements of the erotic that grip and stimulate the reader.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Writing sports news and features

    Writing sports news and features

    Course Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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

  13. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Course Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018 (and 11 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on this fun and supportive short course covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Poetry and the city

    Poetry and the city

    Course Date: Sat 10 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The excitement and frustrations of city life have inspired poets from 18th-century Grub Street to the 50s Beats and modern-day rappers. This one-day workshop explores ways in which the city can inspire poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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