Writing Courses in London

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  1. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019
    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. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already devised a cunning plan for your own fairytale? This fun day workshop coaches students on how to add an extra dash of magic into the cauldron while writing in the fairytale genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images

    Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Photographs are often used as inspiration for writing, but what if you want to include them in your stories? This course will focus on how to blend the visual element of photography with the textual element of writing to create compelling 'photo-fiction.'.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Micro-memoir: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fleeting glimpses. Missed trains. Unforgettable goodbyes. A life is measured in moments as well as momentous occasions. This fun day workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  6. Writing horror - Image courtesy of mothmedia.co.uk

    Writing horror for the screen

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where does terror begin? This fun day workshop explores the core elements of the horror genre so you can walk in the footsteps of writers like Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Picture book writing: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through peer and tutor workshop activities.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £56.00

  10. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short introductory course explore the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing. On this course you will start to produce your own works of creative non-fiction.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Submitting your poetry to magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  13. Photo by João Silas on Unsplash

    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Online journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    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

  15. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Setting is one of the integral elements of fiction craft. It is essential for building a world that a reader can escape into and for providing context that supports character and plot. In this practical one-day intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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