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. 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

  2. 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

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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

  4. 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

  5. Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. 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

  7. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class. Please note this is a small group size, which will allow more time for feedback on your writing, and explains the slightly higher cost.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £92.00

  8. Getting your poetry published

    Getting your poetry published

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you written numerous poems that you'd like to get published? This interactive day workshop guides students in selecting and polishing their poetry alongside how to research poetry magazines, contests and publishers of poetry collections to submit to.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  9. Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inspiring, six week workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £124.00

  11. Craft focus: character in fiction (advanced techniques)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this advanced course you'll deepen your understanding of how to develop characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Advanced poetry workshop (weekend)

    Advanced poetry workshop (weekend)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, whilst also exploring new avenues in your craft and writing some new poems. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. Craft focus: introduction to novel plotting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you've made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  14. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  15. 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

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