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. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Setting is one of the integral elements of fiction craft. It is essential for building a world that a reader can escape into and for providing context that supports character and plot. In this practical one-day intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Reading & writing group: exploring 'On Writing' by Stephen King

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    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 'On Writing' by Stephen King and complete a writing exercise based on a key concept from the book.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  3. Writing romance

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Craft focus: scenes in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019
    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

  5. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  6. How to get published

    How to get published

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 5 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

  8. Ending your novel

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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

  9. Novella writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    A short novel or a long short story? In this fortnightly 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

  10. Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once your story is on the page, the editing process begins. But where do you start and what skills do you need? This course guides learners through the editing of a story or manuscript, exploring approaches to making line edits, improving narrative structure and everything in between.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Craft focus: character in fiction (advanced techniques)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 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 advanced course you'll deepen your understanding of how to develop characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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