Writing

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. Staying sane in the world of writing

    Staying sane in the world of writing

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn your setbacks into comebacks on this course designed to help budding authors navigate the often lonely and frustrating world of writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The digital world has opened up a universe of opportunity for budding poets, but how do writers make the most of this constantly changing platform? Find out on our Digital contemporary poetry workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. How to impress a publisher

    How to impress a publisher

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. The power of setting

    The power of setting

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster workshop teaches students how to use setting to enrich their stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series? Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will introduce you to some techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction or poetry. You will have the opportunity to improve your writing skills, analyse samples of life-writing and fiction and engage in exercises on developing your story sense. The challenges around using autobiographical material in fiction will be discussed.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. We can be heroes: an introduction to writing comic books and graphic novels

    We can be heroes: an introduction to writing comic books and graphic novels

    Course Date: Sun 11 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun one-day introduction to the skills required to write quality graphic novels and comic books with Bobby Joseph, creator of the cult comic classics 'Skank', 'Black Eye' and 'Scotland Yardie'.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Course Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Introduction to writing for young adults

    Introduction to writing for young adults

    Course Date: Sat 24 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Young adult fiction is booming. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  14. Screenwriting: stage 2

    Screenwriting: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the secrets of successful screenplays and receive feedback on your ongoing project. Suitable for experienced screenwriters.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  15. Novel writing

    Novel writing

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

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