Writing Courses in London

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  1. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit day workshop all about writing fairytales. The quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Oct 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end in two days. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. Travel writing: a taster

    Travel writing: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Nature writing: a taster at the British Library

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Oct 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 nature writing at the British Library 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

  5. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This engaging one-day 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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.'.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019 (and 2 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

  9. Micro-memoir: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fleeting glimpses. Missed trains. Unforgettable goodbyes. A life is measured in moments as well as momentus occasions. This fun day workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  10. Writing horror - Image courtesy of mothmedia.co.uk

    Writing horror for the screen

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As Halloween approaches, unleash your terrifying idea for a script onto the world with this intensive writing horror for the screen workshop. Suitable for beginning screenwriters and all those with an interest in the horror genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  12. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where does terror begin? This fun day 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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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