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. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive online 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 or a few early chapters.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jun 2020
    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. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Craft focus: novel plotting workshop (advanced)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered how Tolkien or C.S. Lewis did it? On this one-day course you'll learn how to build worlds that lend your fantasy or speculative fiction credibilty, richness and the kind of depth that leaves readers wanting more. Ideal for enthusiastic writers with an idea to explore, or a writing project in progress.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Thu 21 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate online 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. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 21 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous online 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. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 19 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A practical online 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. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  9. Write a short story in a week

    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this practical online course. Through a series of fun and inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end in five days. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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