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. Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The digital world 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 our Digital contemporary poetry workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series? Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. The power of setting

    The power of setting

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster workshop teaches students how to use setting to enrich their stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will introduce you to some techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction or poetry. You will have the opportunity to improve your writing skills, analyse samples of life-writing and fiction and engage in exercises on developing your story sense. The challenges around using autobiographical material in fiction will be discussed.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. We can be heroes: an introduction to writing comic books and graphic novels

    We can be heroes: an introduction to writing comic books and graphic novels

    Course Date: Sun 11 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun one-day introduction to the skills required to write quality graphic novels and comic books with Bobby Joseph, creator of the cult comic classics 'Skank', 'Black Eye' and 'Scotland Yardie'.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018 (and 4 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

  7. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Course Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Introduction to writing for young adults

    Introduction to writing for young adults

    Course Date: Sat 24 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Young adult fiction is booming. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  9. Screenwriting: stage 2

    Screenwriting: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the secrets of successful screenplays and receive feedback on your ongoing project. Suitable for experienced screenwriters.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  10. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  11. Self-publishing: the whole story

    Self-publishing: the whole story

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    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 what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course explains it all.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  12. Novel writing

    Novel writing

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  13. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 5 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  14. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 9 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  15. Advanced critical workshop: masterclass

    Advanced critical workshop: masterclass

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    This intensive and advanced critical workshop is open to just ten students enrolled through a selection process. Thanks to the exclusivity of this course, students will receive in-depth feedback on their novel or short stories. Students will also benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

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