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. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 4 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

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

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    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. Application deadline: Sunday 29th March 2020.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  3. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 4 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

  4. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Writing romance

    Writing romance

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Craft focus: novel plotting workshop (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Writing experimental fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Writing fiction is always an experiment in how to connect to your reader, but some stories push the established boundaries of form to the extreme. In this advanced course you'll test the limits of your imagination to craft fiction that breaks all the rules with purpose. Suitable for those with lots of creative writing experience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020
    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

  12. Craft of fiction reading & writing group: exploring 'The Art of Fiction' by David Lodge

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 26 Jun 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 seminal craft text 'The Art of Fiction' by David Lodge and complete a writing exercise based on a key concept from the book.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  13. Craft focus: how to edit your novel

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the saying goes, books aren't written, they're re-written. Learn the different types of editing process and how to polish your novel in this one-day workshop for writers who are ready to find a readership for their work. Suitable for those who have completed a novel draft.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Craft focus: how to edit your story (fiction and non-fiction)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Editing is an essential skill for any writer. Learn the different types of editing process and how to polish your own prose in this one-day workshop for writers who are ready to find a readership for their work. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a short story from beginning to end in four days.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

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