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. Masters of style: reading and writing Jean Rhys

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Jean Rhys was a master of precision and atmosphere. From writing about the immigrant experience through a distinctly female lens, to revising literary history with her incandescent prequel to Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys was a writer who was willing to take risks with style to achieve her vivid portrayals. This day workshop explores the literary interpretations of two of her fictional works, and includes writing exercises that encourage you to experiment with her fluid style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Poetry through the seasons: spring

    Poetry through the seasons: spring

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Snowdrops blossoming, daffodils yellowing, lengthening days and the blossoms of May. Whatever spring means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the essence of the brightening world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Local history writing

    Local history writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this inspiring new short course students will learn how to write local history books, booklets and features. Local history covers a broad spectrum of topics but writers in this area are often interested in penning volumes about their family, their home town, the street they live in, the places they love, know well or grew up in, from old buildings to parks, markets and beyond.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already devised a cunning plan for your own fairytale? This fun day workshop coaches students on how to add an extra dash of magic into the cauldron while writing in the fairytale genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Craft focus: narrative time in fiction

    Craft focus: narrative time in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    All fiction is bound by time: a story must begin and it must end. What happens in between is up to the writer. In this one-day practical course learn how time functions in fiction and, through practical writing exercises, how you can manipulate it to great effect. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 9 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

  8. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 5 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

  9. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 5 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

  10. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  11. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 3 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. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 4 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

  13. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 2 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

  14. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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

  15. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

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