Writing Courses in London and Online

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.

You can now study from the comfort of your own home on our new range of interactive online courses whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. The benefits of our online writing courses include expert tuition from a published author and feedback on your work as you develop your writing skills. There will also be opportunities to participate in group discussions and activities with fellow students.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  2. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  3. Writing horror movies

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  4. Travel writing

    Travel writing

    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for. Learn how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. And benefit from practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. Narrative comedy: writing for TV in the online age

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Award-winning shows like Fleabag, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and People Just Do Nothing have changed the face of comedy. Add streaming services – where This Country began – and the opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  6. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 11 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative short course. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  7. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end in two days. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace. Please note - this course incudes a 2-hour break from 12:30-14:30 each day.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. How to get an agent

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive workshop offers students insider, need-to-know information on securing a literary agent.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  9. Published poets group

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Share your work, develop your poetry and receive feedback from your peers and tutor in this inspiring workshop for published poets.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  10. How to make a living from your writing

    How to make a living from your writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to know how you can maximise your income from your writing projects? This fast-paced short course guides students through tried-and-tested approaches to making a living from their craft.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  11. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Got a passion, a journey or an obsession to share? Blogging is the perfect medium through which to share your interests with the world. This taster course teaches the essential skills required to write blogposts that will resonate.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  12. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  13. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  14. Performance poetry

    Performance poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  15. Journaling: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This inspiring taster course led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

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