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. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  2. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Writing the erotic: a masterclass with Monique Roffey

    Writing the erotic: a masterclass with Monique Roffey

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In erotic love and lovemaking we make mistakes, form unstable attachments, and often feel deeply lost. We also fall, we learn and, sometimes, we break. We heal, too. And yet, it's a subject writers of all sexual orientations most shy away from. In this workshop, in a safe, inclusive and supportive enviroment, we will look at how to think and write about intimate sexual loving in a creative way.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  4. How to write a novel

    How to write a novel

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore key aspects of novel writing craft such as characterisation, story and plot in this supportive introductory course. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with the first draft of a novel in progress.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great short stories offer a tantalising glimpse of life that can ultimately reveal much more. Through a series of practical exercises you'll be introduced to key elements of fiction writing craft, and inspired to create short stories that summon the imagination.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Micro-fiction

    Micro-fiction

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. This two-day workshop on the essential components of flash fiction will teach you to tell a complete story in up to 500 words.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  7. Writing the city

    Writing the city

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cities are complex, rich and filled with possibilities for great fiction. Learn how to craft vibrant urban settings in this course that combines writing exercises with an exploration of cities in texts both old and new.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is ideal if you are an experienced creative writer and want to explore the principles of novel writing in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Mon 24 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

  10. 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

  11. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing with confidence on this course, as we explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  13. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  14. 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

  15. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback from an experienced author.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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