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. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a synopsis of their completed manuscript, an essential requirement of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances (advanced)

    Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances (advanced)

    Course Date: Sun 7 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Congratulations! You’ve published a children’s book and been invited into schools to speak to children. Find out how to structure a successful author visit, receive supportive feedback on your planned talk, and learn about the logistics and financial aspects of the trip.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jul 2019
    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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  6. Travel writing workshop

    Travel writing workshop

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, and learn how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Receive practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Writing memoir: a taster

    Writing memoir: a taster

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a passion, a journey or an obsession to share? Blogging is the perfect medium through which to share your interests with the world. This one-day workshop teaches the essential skills required to write blogposts that will resonate.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Course Date: Sun 21 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun day workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in five days.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

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

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    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

  15. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: Keats House
    Helen Cox, poetry coordinator at City Lit, facilitates a poetry workshop drawing on a variety of techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, Hampstead.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

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