Creative non-fiction

Life writing, travel writing, essays and autobiography: explore the many forms of creative non-fiction on our part-time courses. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    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. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. The art of letter writing

    The art of letter writing

    Course Date: Fri 23 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There's more to the art of letter writing than talking about the weather. Regardless of whether or not you send your mail electronically or through traditional routes, this short course will help you write more inspiring correspondence to penfriends and loved ones.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  5. Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inspiring, six week workshop, 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.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. The art of writing the personal essay

    The art of writing the personal essay

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.

    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Mon 25 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five-week workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.

    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  8. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 26 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 27 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Ghostwriting a true life story

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to co-author or ghost write an autobiographical or biographical story? This fun, interactive taster session offers students the opportunity to learn the craft basics of this popular branch of non-fiction writing.

    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  11. Local history writing

    Local history writing

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this inspiring new short course students will learn how to write local history books, booklets and features. Local history covers a broad spectrum of topics but writers in this area are often interested in penning volumes about their family, their home town, the street they live in, the places they love, know well or grew up in, from old buildings to parks, markets and beyond.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop for experienced writers of autobiographical prose or poetry will provide you with support and in-depth feedback on your work. It is suitable for students who have an ongoing project.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  13. Biography writing

    Biography writing

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? Learn to experiment with your own life writing as you uncover the techniques and methods of this exciting genre with a professional biographer.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  14. Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Nature writing

    Nature writing

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What greater muse could a writer ask for than the organic wonders of the planet that surrounds them? Learn how to capture the majesty of nature on the page with this exciting new course in creative non-fiction.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

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