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. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Picture book writing: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is

    designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through peer and tutor workshop activities.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £56.00

  3. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short introductory course explore the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing. On this course you will start to produce your own works of creative non-fiction.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Submitting your poetry to magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  6. Online journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This day workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  8. Creating your author platform online

    Creating your author platform online

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. On this one-day workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Setting is one of the integral elements of fiction craft. It is essential for building a world that a reader can escape into and for providing context that supports character and plot. In this practical one-day intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you brand new to writing creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. Travel writing

    Travel writing

    Course Date: Wed 6 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  14. Reading & writing group: exploring 'On Writing' by Stephen King

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Craft texts are a wonderful resource for any budding fiction writer and it can help our understanding if we chat about them with others. In this short session we'll discuss popular craft text 'On Writing' by Stephen King and complete a writing exercise based on a key concept from the book.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  15. A taste of journalism

    A taste of journalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Come and learn the basics from an experienced news and features journalist. Discover how journalists develop, write and edit their stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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