Writing Courses in London

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  1. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £389.00
    Concession: £156.00

  2. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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

  3. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. Writing a middle grade book

    Writing a middle grade book

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for Middle Grade (9-12 year olds). Explore what makes a great children's 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

  5. Memoir: an introduction

    Memoir: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  6. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography (including fictionalised work or poetry). Close attention to your work, exploration of techniques and discussion of relevant issues. Suitable for students who have an ongoing project and may have attended autobiographical writing courses.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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

  8. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (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

  9. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you just starting to write poetry? This inspiring short 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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Got a great idea for a novel? Want to learn how to master major craft elements such as character and plot in the context of long-form fiction, and gain valuable feedback on your writing? This course combines online and face-to-face instruction in six easy-to-digest modules, giving you the support required to get your project started. Ideal for those wishing to begin a novel and those with a novel-in-progress.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  13. Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The burn of autumn leaves, pumpkin lattes and the icy solitude of December. Whatever the darker months mean to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture nature's journey to the shortest day of the year.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing haiku from the past

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun day workshop includes a trip to the British Museum where you will search for inspiration for your poems. Travel back to a different era and write haiku poetry inspired by lost empires, forgotten dynasties and unnamed heroes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019 (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

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