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. 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

  2. Writing comics and graphic novels

    Writing comics and graphic novels

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is ideal if you are an experienced creative writer and want to explore the principles of novel writing in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  5. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing with confidence on this course, as we explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  6. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive 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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  7. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  8. Micro fiction

    Micro fiction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. Experiment with telling stories in 500-600 words.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Writing fiction: workshop

    Writing fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're a fiction writer with a bit of experience who is ready for the challenge of a workshop, this course is for you. Share work and receive constructive feedback from your tutor and peers in a supportive environment, and hone your craft in exercises designed to discover your fiction writing voice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback from an experienced author.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. Advanced critical workshop: multigenre

    Advanced critical workshop: multigenre

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive and rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel, short story, poetry or script. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions with writers of all forms. Ideal for writers whose work incorporates different forms.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Idea development workshop for fiction and screenwriters

    Idea development workshop for fiction and screenwriters

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like help testing and developing your big idea? Before you get stuck in to a long-term writing project, make sure you're on the right track in this supportive, experimental 'incubator' workshop. Ideal for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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

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

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a great idea for a novel? Want to learn how to master major craft elements such as character and plot in the context of long-form fiction, and gain valuable feedback on your writing? This course combines online and face-to-face instruction to give you the support required to get your project started. Ideal for those wishing to begin a novel and those with a novel-in-progress.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £116.00

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