Novels and short stories

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. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    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

  2. Novel plotting workshop

    Novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 27 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced course for those seriously engaged in writing a novel, you will look in greater depth at the mythic theory of plotting. The class atmosphere is supportive, but candid and serious. Please enrol only if you have completed 'Introduction to novel plotting'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  3. Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  4. Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in crime writing and explore the techniques behind character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere. Benefit from stimulating writing exercises, feedback and encouragement.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 24 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a synopsis of their completed manuscript, an essential requirement of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Character as a driving force in fiction

    Character as a driving force in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Course Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered how Tolkein or C.S. Lewis did it? In 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

  8. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Writing the erotic: a masterclass with Monique Roffey

    Writing the erotic: a masterclass with Monique Roffey

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In erotic love and lovemaking we make mistakes, form unstable attachments, and often feel deeply lost. We also fall, we learn and, sometimes, we break. We heal, too. And yet, it's a subject writers of all sexual orientations most shy away from. In this workshop, in a safe, inclusive and supportive enviroment, we will look at how to think and write about intimate sexual loving in a creative way.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  10. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great short stories offer a tantalising glimpse of life that can ultimately reveal much more. Through a series of practical exercises you'll be introduced to key elements of fiction writing craft, and inspired to create short stories that summon the imagination.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. How to write a novel

    How to write a novel

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore key aspects of novel writing craft such as characterisation, story and plot in this supportive introductory course. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with the first draft of a novel in progress.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Micro-fiction

    Micro-fiction

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. This two-day workshop on the essential components of flash fiction will teach you to tell a complete story in up to 500 words.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. Writing the city

    Writing the city

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cities are complex, rich and filled with possibilities for great fiction. Learn how to craft vibrant urban settings in this course that combines writing exercises with an exploration of cities in texts both old and new.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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