Writing Courses in London

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. Our short writing courses take place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends, and are suitable for all levels - whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Show rather than tell through quality dialogue. This one-day course will explore ways to develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit day workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her 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

  3. Writing broadcast journalism

    Writing broadcast journalism

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to learn more about how media works? Interested in a career in broadcast journalism? On this short course you will learn from practical writing and interviewing exercises and from the experience of a practising broadcast journalist.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Developing your blogging

    Developing your blogging

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This one-day workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The digital world has opened up a universe of opportunity for budding poets, but how do writers make the most of this constantly changing platform? Find out on our Digital contemporary poetry workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. How to impress a publisher

    How to impress a publisher

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 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

  9. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sun 24 Feb 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will introduce you to some techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction or poetry. You will have the opportunity to improve your writing skills, analyse samples of life-writing and fiction and engage in exercises on developing your story sense. The challenges around using autobiographical material in fiction will be discussed.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Mon 25 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five-week workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.

    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 26 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 27 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 28 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Ghostwriting a true life story

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to co-author or ghostwrite an autobiographical or biographical story? This fun, interactive taster session offers students the opportunity to learn more about this popular branch of non-fiction writing.

    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  15. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster workshop teaches students how to use setting to enrich their stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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