Writing Courses in London

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  1. Masterclass: poetry review

    Masterclass: poetry review

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There are only ten places on this masterclass and the deadline for submitting an application is the 27th of December 2018. Successful candidates will be notified by 28th of December 2018. More details on how to apply, below.



    This poetry masterclass combines a mix of in-class instruction and home-study and is devised to guide advanced poetry students in further developing their poems and collections. The course culminates with an invitation for enrolled students to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The event takes place in the final week of term 2 on Wednesday 27th of March 2019.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  2. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 10 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on this fun and supportive short course covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive workshop 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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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

    Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to develop the skills to plan, write and edit picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through teacher-led activity and group workshops.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. Experiment with telling stories in six to five hundred words.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  8. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 6 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 from an experienced author.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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

  12. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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    Writing YA fiction

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  14. Writing reviews

    Writing reviews

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Learn to write compelling and insightful reviews for films, books and stage performances. Develop your critical intelligence and ability to write with style and succinctness.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  15. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 5 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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

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