Novels & Short Story Writing - Online Courses

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
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    86% of 100
  2. Developing your novel
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 4 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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  3. Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the scope of human experience through the lens of LGBT+ writers, and learn from them the fundamentals of writing compelling fiction. This fortnightly intermediate course combines reading and analysis of key queer texts with practical writing exercises. Suitable for all those with some creative writing experience and an interest in queer perspectives in fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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  4. Starting your novel
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  5. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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  6. Reading for writers: craft texts and fiction writing guides (a fortnightly course)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Published authors are a goldmine of advice and information. Nobody knows the journey better than them! In this course we'll read and explore three craft texts by prominent writers - Stephen King's 'On Writing,' Anne Lamott's 'Bird by Bird,' and Ursula K .Le Guin's 'Steering the Craft' - using their experience of writing as inspiration for lively discussion and creative work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
  7. Reading for writers: contemporary Black British fiction (a fortnightly course)
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this course we'll explore just a small fragment to learn what lessons black British authors can teach budding writers of fiction. We'll read novels by Diana Evans, Paul Mendez, Bernardine Evaristo, Helen Oyeyemi, and Caryl Phillips. We'll analyse, discuss, and use these works to inspire and develop our own fiction. You will need to come to the first class having read 'Girl, Woman, Other,' by Bernardine Evaristo.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
  8. Writing comics and graphic novels
    Course Date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium and generate your own project.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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  9. Writing romance
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This interactive course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  10. Write a short story in a week
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00

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