Novels and short stories

Explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction. All kinds of narrative fiction, long and short, are supported on our wide range of courses. Whether you want to get your great idea down on paper or are already writing and redrafting, we have a course that will suit your level. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Writing comics and graphic novels

    Writing comics and graphic novels

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Micro fiction

    Micro fiction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. Experiment with telling stories in 500-600 words.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Writing fiction: workshop

    Writing fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're a fiction writer with a bit of experience who is ready for the challenge of a workshop, this course is for you. Share work and receive constructive feedback from your tutor and peers in a supportive environment, and hone your craft in exercises designed to discover your fiction writing voice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  5. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Idea development workshop for fiction and screenwriters

    Idea development workshop for fiction and screenwriters

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like help testing and developing your big idea? Before you get stuck in to a long-term writing project, make sure you're on the right track in this supportive, experimental 'incubator' workshop. Ideal for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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

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

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £116.00

  8. Craft focus: novel plotting in depth

    Craft focus: novel plotting in depth

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you've made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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

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

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction. Develop your writing and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This six-week course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Writing fanfiction: an introduction

    Writing fanfiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 10 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The books, movies, and TV shows we love capture our imaginations and inspire us to return to them again and again. Express your fandom in this fun introductory course, where you'll learn how to generate stories based on your fave.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Which comes first: character or plot? Inseparable: without characters there can be no action/without action, no characters. Explore the ways in which characters can deepen plot and theme with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Voice is an act rather than a thing, a passage of breath, a movement of sound, a certain transfer of meaning – the one special feature of writing that bridges the lonely gap between writer and reader. Develop your voice with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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 two days.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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