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. How to get an agent

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive workshop offers students insider, need-to-know information on securing a literary agent.

    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. Published poets group

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Share your work, develop your poetry and receive feedback from your peers and tutor in this inspiring workshop for published poets.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  3. How to make a living from your writing

    How to make a living from your writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to know how you can maximise the income your receive from your writing projects? This fast-paced short course guides students through tried and tested approaches to making a living from their craft.

    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. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 taster course teaches the essential skills required to write blogposts that will resonate.

    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. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.

    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. Micro-memoir: a taster

    Micro-memoir: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Fleeting glimpses. Missed trains. Unforgettable goodbyes. A life is measured in moments as well as momentous 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?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  7. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the art of creating a great comedy sketch. Study the brilliance of classic sketches and learn how to deploy their techniques in your own work.

    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

  8. Writing the family

    Writing the family

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever thought about crafting your family history into an engaging narrative that will delight and move readers? This thought-provoking, short course tackles the challenges of writing about family life and offers writers guidance on shaping personal stories into a coherent arc.

    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. Writing men in the 21st century (in celebration of International Men's Day)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    How do we define 'men' in the 21st century? The smart answer is probably that we shouldn't try to because there are infinite ways to be a man, but what does this mean for writing gender, and how can writers craft insightful, human portrayals of men today? This short course will look at these questions and support any writer who wants to create compelling 'men' in their work.

    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. Theme focus: writing contemporary Britain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The landscape of Britain has changed radically in recent years, so how do we engage with the themes affecting the nation today as writers? This short course will explore how to write poetry and prose that centres the experience of life in contemporary Britain in a thoughtful and compelling way.



    Check back soon for more information!

    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

  11. Performance poetry

    Performance poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.

    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. Journaling: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This inspiring taster course led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.

    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

  13. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.

    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. Writing great child characters

    Course Date: Fri 27 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Write your way to compelling and convincing child characters that truly connect with your readers, in this fun, interactive course.

    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

  15. Craft focus: scenes in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Lights, camera, action! Scenes in fiction are essentially no different to those in film. They both make us watch as action unfolds, as a story is moved closer to its conclusion. In this course you'll learn about this essential unit of fiction craft and develop scenes that will grab readers' attention.

    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

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