Writing Courses in London

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. Our short writing courses take place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends, and are suitable for all levels - whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Novella writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    A short novel or a long short story? In this 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

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

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Please note, the deadline for applications has been extended to: Sunday 12th January 2020.



    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.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  3. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. 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

  5. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  6. Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've worked hard on a screenplay but how do you sell it? This one-day intensive course, led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, identifies tools you can select to create a compelling Pitch Treatment.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? On this day workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. The art of writing the personal essay

    The art of writing the personal essay

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing funny fiction

    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

  10. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Writing haiku poetry

    Writing haiku poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Writing a rom com

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Romantic comedies have been warming the hearts of cinema-goers for years. In this fun one-day course you'll learn the conventions of the genre and how to write a script that combines love and laughter to great effect. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Copywriting: a taster

    Copywriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Good copywriting skills are increasingly important, whether you want to write your own website or your company’s sales literature, or hope to work in advertising or marketing. We'll cover the core elements of copywriting using examples and practical exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Developing your blogging

    Developing your blogging

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This fun but informative workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  15. Writing sonnets

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Or would that be a bit cliché? Explore new avenues with this old form in our inspiring day workshop designed to help students push their sonnet writing beyond the traditional lines set by Shakespeare and Petrarch.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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