Novels & Short Story Writing Courses in London

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 fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.

    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

  3. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Ending your novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you wondering how to wrap up your novel? Maybe you're grappling with the best way to bring your book to a statisfying conclusion. This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who have completed or made significant progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and conclude your project in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical six-week course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

  10. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 May 2020
    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

  11. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    All fiction must speak to us as readers. It must communicate atmosphere and plot, character and layers of meaning. Naturally, this means it must have a 'voice,' a complex mix of elements that, together, give the piece its unique identity. In this one-day course learn what 'voice' really means in fiction and how to develop a voice for your story that can capture the attention of readers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Crime writing: an introduction

    Crime writing: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 day workshop explores character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere in the crime writing genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Craft focus: scenes in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lights, camera, action! Scenes in fiction are essentially no different to those in film. They both make us watch as action unfolds, as a story is moved closer to its conclusion. In this one-day course you'll learn about this essential unit of fiction craft and develop scenes that will grab readers' attention.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing historical fiction

    Writing historical fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Is there a historical event, or maybe even in a period in time that you think is rich in great stories? Ever wondered how writers like Hillary Mantel, Phillipa Gregory and C.J. Sansom do it? Dig into the past for inspiration on this course and learn how to create historical fiction that speaks vividly to its period and to a contemporary readership.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

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