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. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 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

  2. Craft focus: introduction to novel plotting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you've 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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. Novella writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    A short novel or a long short story? In this course we'll define the novella form for ourselves through analysis of set texts, guided exercises, and workshop. We'll also commit to producing a complete first draft of novella length by the end of the session. Ideal for experienced fiction writers.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

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

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Please note, the deadline for applications has been extended to: Sunday 12th January 2020.



    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: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  5. Craft focus: mastering descriptive language

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Descriptive language can provide texture and clarity to a story, promoting reader engagement and a sensory experience that lingers long after the text has been read. In this short course learn how to create vivid descriptions with sentences that will elevate your prose. This course will support writers of fiction and non-fiction.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Writing funny fiction

    Writing funny fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Humour is an incredible vehicle for connection, promoting empathy and raising questions that may otherwise be hard to handle. Writers as diverse as Saki, PG Wodehouse, Shakespeare, and Lorrie Moore understand this. But what does it really mean to write funny fiction and what are the techniques writers use? Learn how to harness the power of humour in your fiction in this fun, supportive workshop.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  7. Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Show rather than tell through quality dialogue. This one-day course will explore ways to develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Craft of fiction reading & writing group: exploring 'Bird by Bird' by Anne Lamott

    Course Date: Fri 21 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Craft texts are a wonderful resource for any budding fiction writer and it can help our understanding if we chat about them with others. In this short session we'll discuss popular craft text 'Bird by Bird' by Anne Lamott and complete a writing exercise based on a key concept from the book.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  9. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020 (and 4 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

  10. Craft focus: point of view in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Who speaks and who sees? Point of view is the answer to these essential questions in fiction. Learn the fundamentals of point of view in this one-day course designed to help you write stories with clear and compelling perspectives. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    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 14 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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. Masters of style: reading and writing Jean Rhys

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Jean Rhys was a master of precision and atmosphere. From writing about the immigrant experience through a distinctly female lens, to revising literary history with her incandescent prequel to Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys was a writer who was willing to take risks with style to achieve her vivid portrayals. This day workshop explores the literary interpretations of two of her fictional works, and includes writing exercises that encourage you to experiment with her fluid style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Craft focus: narrative time in fiction

    Craft focus: narrative time in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    All fiction is bound by time: a story must begin and it must end. What happens in between is up to the writer. In this one-day practical course learn how time functions in fiction and, through practical writing exercises, how you can manipulate it to great effect. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

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

  15. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 5 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

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