Writing Courses in London

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  1. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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

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

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  4. Developing your fairytale

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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. Nature writing at Kew Gardens

    Nature writing at Kew Gardens

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    What greater muse could a writer ask for than the organic wonders of the planet that surrounds them? Immerse yourself in the beauty of Kew Gardens and learn how to capture the majesty of nature on the page with this exciting new course in partnership with City Lit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  6. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: Keats House
    Helen Cox, poetry coordinator at City Lit, facilitates a poetry workshop drawing on a variety of techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, Hampstead.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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 course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Copywriting: a taster

    Copywriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019 (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

  9. Playwriting: an introduction

    Playwriting: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wanted to write a play? Spend a day working on character and dialogue, learn how to tell a story in a dramatic and powerful way, and find out if playwriting is for you.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered how Tolkien or C.S. Lewis did it? On this one-day course you'll learn how to build worlds that lend your fantasy or speculative fiction credibilty, richness and the kind of depth that leaves readers wanting more. Ideal for enthusiastic writers with an idea to explore, or a writing project in progress.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Screenwriting for feature film

    Screenwriting for feature film

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a screenplay? How is it different from theatre, radio or prose? Learn the basics of the craft and develop a script of your own in this creative and analytical workshop.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. How to write a novel

    How to write a novel

    New
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course deals with all aspects of novel writing technique and prose style. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with a novel at early draft stage.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  15. Autobiographical writing

    Autobiographical writing

    New
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (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

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