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. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 10 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. Autobiographical writing

    Autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you already have some experience of writing in the autobiographical genre? Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, this term-long course explores how to ensure your work is both evocative and powerful. Diaries, dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical six-week course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory 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

  8. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  9. Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once your story is on the page, the editing process begins. But where do you start and what skills do you need? This course guides learners through the editing of a story or manuscript, exploring approaches to making line edits, improving narrative structure and everything in between.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  12. Picture book writing: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through peer and tutor workshop activities.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £56.00

  13. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For those familiar with the basics of poetic form, this intermediate course explores craft and content through reading exercises, writing exercises and constructive feedback. Ideal if you have already attended 'Ways into poetry'.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

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    Writing YA fiction

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for young adults. Explore what makes a great YA book by analysing the work of successful current authors and produce your own writing inspired by them.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  15. Writing reviews

    Writing reviews

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Learn to write compelling and insightful reviews for films, books and stage performances. Develop your critical skills and ability to write in a succinct style.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

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