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 and 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.

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  1. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Wed 18 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. Travel writing

    Travel writing

    Course Date: Wed 25 Oct 2017
    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00

  3. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 25 Oct 2017 (and 2 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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00

  4. Introduction to forms of poetry

    Introduction to forms of poetry

    Course Date: Wed 1 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy a whistlestop tour of the major forms of poetry. Classic, contemporary, traditional and experimental works will be explored in a welcoming and supportive setting. Ideal for beginners and students wishing to develop their own compositional skills.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 2 Nov 2017
    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  6. Adapting novels for TV, film and radio

    Adapting novels for TV, film and radio

    Course Date: Sun 5 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you go to the cinema today or switch on a TV drama, you're very likely to be watching a script based on a novel. Adaptations are always in demand - so learn the secrets of bringing stories to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Course Date: Thu 9 Nov 2017
    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

  8. Poetry and the city

    Poetry and the city

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    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

  9. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 19 Nov 2017 (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

  10. Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. A taste of journalism

    A taste of journalism

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Come and learn the basics from an experienced feature writer. Discover how journalists develop ideas, get quotes and present their material in a feature style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017 (and 4 other dates)
    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. Creating your author platform

    Creating your author platform

    Course Date: Sun 26 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. On this one-day workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00

  14. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Sun 26 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing song lyrics: a taster

    Writing song lyrics: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have an idea for a song? On this course we'll analyse lyrics from a range of eras, and examine how and why they work. Enjoy supportive guidance and numerous exercises designed to facilitate you in writing your own lyrics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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