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. Advanced critical workshop: masterclass

    Advanced critical workshop: masterclass

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive and advanced critical workshop is open to just ten students enrolled through a selection process. Thanks to the exclusivity of this course, students will receive in-depth feedback on their novel or short stories. Students will also benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  2. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students, there is a special reduced fee of £27.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00

  3. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  4. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  5. Sports journalism

    Sports journalism

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    This six-week interactive course introduces students to the principles, the practices and varying elements of sports reporting and sports journalism.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  6. Novel writing

    Novel writing

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  7. Screenwriting: stage 1 (continuation)

    Screenwriting: stage 1 (continuation)

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey on this intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills as you work on your own project. New students with some writing experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  8. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  9. Writing comics and graphic novels (continuation)

    Writing comics and graphic novels (continuation)

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to develop the skills to write comics on this in-depth course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests. New students with a keen interest in the medium are welcome.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  10. Playwriting: stage 1 (continuation)

    Playwriting: stage 1 (continuation)

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  11. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  12. New narrative poetry

    New narrative poetry

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inventive course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create new kinds of poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For experienced poets. [Please note that the time of this course in January 2018 has changed from what is advertised in our printed guide. It will now run from 19:40 to 21:40.].
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  13. Playwriting: stage 2

    Playwriting: stage 2

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Review 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  14. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £132.00

  15. Story development workshop

    Story development workshop

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like help developing your big idea? Before you get stuck into the hard slog of a long-term writing project, make sure you have all the right ingredients and gain invaluable feedback in this workshop.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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