Writing Courses in London and Online

Learn to write stories, articles and poetry in the same college where big names in literature such as Dylan Thomas, Andrea Levy and Malorie Blackman have trained or taught.

You can now study from the comfort of your own home on our new range of interactive online courses whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. The benefits of our online writing courses include expert tuition from a published author and feedback on your work as you develop your writing skills. There will also be opportunities to participate in group discussions and activities with fellow students.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Writing great child characters

    Course Date: Fri 27 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Write your way to compelling and convincing child characters that truly connect with your readers, in this fun, interactive course.

    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

  2. Writing non-fiction for children: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    On this interactive taster course, you will explore children’s non-fiction writing; an exciting and wide-ranging field, encompassing biography, narrative non-fiction and the classic fact book.

    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

  3. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Learn what 'voice' really means in fiction and how to develop a voice for your story that can capture the attention of readers.

    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

  4. Jump start your play

    Jump start your play

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you got a script idea but not yet put pen to paper? Or a script you started long ago but never finished? This intensive one-day course is like a dramaturgy bootcamp. You’ll inject some new energy into your idea – and get a headstart at writing it. A perfect motivator to finally fulfill those playwriting resolutions, suitable only for those with playwriting experience.

    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

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

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Editing is an essential skill for any writer. Learn the different types of editing process and how to polish your own prose in this workshop for writers who are ready to find a readership for their work. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.

    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

  6. Write a short story in a week

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    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 in two days. 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

  7. Playwriting: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Give playwriting a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started. This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Journalism: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What makes a great story? Discover what goes into a magazine or newspaper article from an experienced journalist - and be inspired to write your own.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  9. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 8 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

  10. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.

    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

  11. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.

    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

  12. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.

    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

  13. Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? This course is designed to help you tap into your creativity and find your unique writing voice. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing who identify as having dyslexia.

    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

  14. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 5 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

  15. Writing for children: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Deepen your understanding of the genre and acquire techniques to hone your writing. Make your characters convincing and appealing, your plot gripping, your dialogue sparkling and your style strong and engaging. This is the course for you if you have done other courses in writing for children but want to expand your skills. Suitable for those writing for all age groups.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

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