Writing Courses in London

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  1. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    New
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £309.00

  2. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    New
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography (including fictionalised work or poetry). Close attention to your work, exploration of techniques and discussion of relevant issues. Suitable for students who have an ongoing project and may have attended autobiographical writing courses.
    Full fee: £219.00

  3. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    New
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, in a culture where new poems will grow. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.
    Full fee: £219.00

  4. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.
    Full fee: £129.00

  5. Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Got a great idea for a novel? Want to learn how to master major craft elements such as character and plot in the context of long-form fiction, and gain valuable feedback on your writing? This course combines online and face-to-face instruction in six easy-to-digest modules, giving you the support required to get your project started. Ideal for those wishing to begin a novel and those with a novel-in-progress.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  6. Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The burn of autumn leaves, pumpkin lattes and the icy solitude of December. Whatever the darker months mean to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture nature's journey to the shortest day of the year.
    Full fee: £59.00

  7. Writing haiku from the past

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Please check back soon for further details of this course.
    Full fee: £59.00

  8. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019 (and 3 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

  9. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    New 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

  10. Travel writing: a taster

    Travel writing: a taster

    New 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

  11. Nature writing: a taster at the British Library

    New 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

  12. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    New 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

  13. Developing your fairytale

    New 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

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

    New 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

  15. Micro-memoir: a taster

    New 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

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