Writing Courses in London

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. Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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. Please note: the deadline for applications is Monday 8th April 2019..
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £289.00

  3. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  4. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  5. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  6. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 9 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  7. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  8. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  9. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 5 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  10. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 3 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  11. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    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 in this advanced course. New students with extensive playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  12. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  13. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop for experienced writers of autobiographical prose or poetry will provide you with support and in-depth feedback on your work. It is suitable for students who have an ongoing project.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  15. Biography writing

    Biography writing

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? Learn to experiment with your own life writing as you uncover the techniques and methods of this exciting genre with a professional biographer.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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