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. Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

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

  2. Writing fantasy stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    In the quest to write fantasy fiction, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Whether you've spent the last eight years binge-watching Game of Thrones or favoured the Earthsea trilogy over revision text books in your teenage years, this fun short course offers the perfect introduction for those with a passion for writing fantasy stories.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. 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

  4. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. 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

  6. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  8. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  9. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

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

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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. New application deadline: Sunday 15 December 2019.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  14. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This course is designed for experienced playwrights who have work in-progress.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

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