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. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 20 May 2018
    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

  2. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. Novel plotting workshop

    Novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 27 May 2018
    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 'Introduction to novel plotting'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  4. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try over six fun sessions covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    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

  6. Writing news and features: a taster

    Writing news and features: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy learning some journalism basics? This taster workshop introduces students to the fundamental skills every budding journalist needs. The course explores the language and structure of news and feature articles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. The City Lit festival of writing

    The City Lit festival of writing

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for an inspiring day of talks, readings and panels from authors, poets and publishing industry insiders, on the theme of writing for the 21st century.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  8. Writing press releases

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    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

  9. Exploring creativity: from words to stories

    Exploring creativity: from words to stories

    Course Date: Sun 10 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Escape the constraints of the logical mind through creative games with writing and imagination. Give yourself permission to play and generate raw material for your art on this stimulating one-day course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    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

  11. Writing for fashion

    Writing for fashion

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fashion journalism is a writing skill that never goes out of style. This day workshop covers industry basics, from high street trends to high-end couture, and explores approaches to crafting articles for fashion blogs, glossy magazines and everything in between.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction. Develop your writing and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 24 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a synopsis of their completed manuscript, an essential requirement of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Character as a driving force in fiction

    Character as a driving force in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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