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  1. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lou Kuenzler
    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; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. A star is born: the birth of Hollywood stardom
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann-Marie Fleming
    Once cinema began to develop, Hollywood began to promote stardom. Starting with Florence Lawrence, the industry began to capitalise on star personalities and encourage fandom. This course will examine how the Hollywood star system began and evolved. The course will begin by examining the ‘picture personality’ in 1912 through to the collapse of the traditional star system in the 1960s.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  3. Public enemies, screen heroes: the gangster film
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Although primarily associated with American cinema, the gangster film is also a major genre in British and French cinema. Explore gangster cinema in each of these three production contexts, looking at themes such as the representation of the gangster, violence, masculinity and style - particular that of the film noir - while considering the ways in which it has evolved at key historical moments.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  4. Joke writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Smurthwaite
    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.



    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 £35.00
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  5. Writing autofiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Natasha Bell
    Blurring lines between fact and fiction, blending the 'real' and 'imaginary', autofiction is a rich playground for writers. In this short advanced taster course, learn what 'autofiction' is, how it differs from other forms of life writing, and explore how to write it.



    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 £35.00
  6. Japanese beginners: holiday Kit
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Feb 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kiyomi Unten
    Make the most of your visit to Japan with this short, intensive course. This Holiday Kit will provide you with all the language you need to communicate in the most common holiday situations and to have a friendly chat with the locals!
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  7. Jump start your play
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Brian Mullin
    Have you got a script idea but not yet put pen to paper, or a script you started but never finished? This intensive short course will help you inject new energy into your idea – and get started writing. Only suitable for those with playwriting experience.



    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  8. Spanish 3/4 - Spanish cinema: Almodóvar en el siglo XXI
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Óscar Salgado Suárez
    Descubre los elementos que hacen el cine de Almodóvar único e internacionalmente reconocido. El curso explora la rimbombancia de su estilo a través del estudio de técnicas cinematográficas y artefactos culturales. Este curso es para estudiantes con nivel avanzado de español (si has estudiado español al menos durante 5 años).



    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 £55.00 Concession £45.00
  9. Generative AI: a short introduction
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Feb 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Scott
    This is a short introduction to Generative AI for non-technical beginners who want to find out what all the fuss is about over ChatGPT, DALL-E and Stable Diffusion.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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  10. Focus on: iconography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings in medieval and Renaissance art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  11. Melodrama, fantasy and realism: British cinema in the 1940s
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    The 1940s saw major developments in British films and filmmaking matched by record numbers of cinema-goers and lively critical debate. Explore this 'golden age' of British cinema through films such as Millions Like Us, Brief Encounter and The Red Shoes, and themes including national cinema, realism, melodrama and fantasy, while assessing its critical reception and impact on British film culture.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  12. Write a short story in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Mar 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vicky Grut
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. You'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace. Includes a 2-hour break (12:30-14:30) each day.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Write your screenplay: from idea to first draft
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clive Ford
    A good screenplay starts with a good story but it also needs structure, good characters and interesting twists. This is a course for writers who have an idea they think is ready to go. We’ll look at the best ways to grab the viewers’ attention from the off, and at the end of the course you’ll get a chance to pitch your ideas.



    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 £35.00
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