Writing Courses in London and Online

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.

You can now study from the comfort of your own home on our new range of interactive online courses whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. The benefits of our online writing courses include expert tuition from a published author and feedback on your work as you develop your writing skills. There will also be opportunities to participate in group discussions and activities with fellow students.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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Students are warmly encouraged to send in their work to be considered for inclusion in Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing.

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  1. Travel writing: a taster

    Travel writing: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    You love travelling and taking photos but how do you decide what to write about and which pictures will sell? This course will help you focus, and give you the skills you need to approach editors with confidence.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  2. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Oct 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This engaging taster course will introduce the key features of creative non-fiction. Explore narratives such as memoir and the non-fiction novel. You'll also get the chance to take part in practical writing exercises.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  4. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Already devised a cunning plan for your own fairytale? This fun workshop coaches students on how to add an extra dash of magic into the cauldron while writing in the fairytale genre.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  5. Autobiography into fiction: a taster

    Course Date: Fri 16 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  6. Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images

    Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Photographs are often used as inspiration for writing, but what if you want to include them in your stories? This course will focus on how to blend the visual element of photography with the textual element of writing to create compelling 'photo-fiction.'.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  7. Theme focus: writing race and ethnicity

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What does it mean to write race and ethncity in a sensitive and compelling way? This course will course will support students to write into their own race and ethnicity with greater creativity and confidence, as well as learning some of the challenges and ethics of writing outside their own lived experience.



    Check back for more details soon!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  8. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Where does terror begin? This fun workshop explores the core elements of the horror genre so you can walk in the footsteps of writers like Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  9. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Oct 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive short course online. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  10. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  11. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  12. Writing comics and graphic novels

    Writing comics and graphic novels

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  14. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This short introductory course explore the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing. On this course you will start to produce your own works of creative non-fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

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