Novels & Short Story Writing Courses in London and Online

Explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction. All kinds of narrative fiction, long and short, are supported on our wide range of courses. Whether you want to get your great idea down on paper or are already writing and redrafting, we have a course that will suit your level. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Writing comedy for TV: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to find out more about writing comedy? Explore every aspect of humorous scriptwriting for television, beginning with sketches, and looking at sitcoms from initial idea through to finished script.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 18 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a short story from beginning to end in four days.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the scope of human experience through the lens of LGBT+ writers, and learn from them the fundamentals of writing compelling fiction. This fortnightly intermediate course combines reading and analysis of key queer texts with practical writing exercises. Suitable for all those with some creative writing experience and an interest in queer perspectives in fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)

    Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive three-term fiction workshop is open by selective application and interview to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. Please note: the deadline for applications is Sunday 30 August 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Sunday 6 September 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £879.00
    Senior fee: £879.00
    Concession: £879.00

  6. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  8. Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive online fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft.The deadline for applications is Sunday 23rd August 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  9. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  10. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Reading for writers: craft texts and fiction writing guides (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online


    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Reading for writers: contemporary Black British fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online


    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Write a short story in a week

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  14. Crime writing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Crime writing is one of the most popular genres on the fiction market, but what special considerations are there for writers when it comes to describing dastardly deeds on the page? This fun but informative workshop explores character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere in the crime writing genre.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  15. Autobiography into fiction: a taster

    Course Date: Fri 16 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

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