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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Craft focus: writing a strong story opening

    Craft focus: writing a strong story opening

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    To get your reader’s attention, a great opening is essential. But do you pique their interest with a quirky phrase? Explode your story into action? Or build slow-burning intrigue? Find the perfect start for your story with this fun, interactive course. Suitable for those interested in writing short fiction and novels.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  7. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  8. How to write a novel

    How to write a novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course deals with all aspects of novel writing technique and prose style. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with a novel at early draft stage.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  9. Micro-fiction

    Micro-fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. This one-day workshop on the essential components of micro-fiction will teach you to tell a complete story in up to 100 words.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Aug 2020
    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

  11. Story grab: fun ways to express your creativity through writing

    Course Date: Fri 7 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the joy of creative writing! Leave stress and worry at the door and find new ways to express your creativity on this fun, dynamic and supportive course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Writing the city

    Writing the city

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a combination of close observation and texts both old and new, you'll explore the depiction of inner city life in fiction, and write your own fiction inspired by the urban landscape.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Writing comedy for TV: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about writing comedy? Explore every aspect of humorous scriptwriting for television, beginning with sketches, and looking at sitcoms from initial idea through to finished script.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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