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.

Student stories
Discover the impact studying at Build had for published poet Peter Ebsworth.

Build's writing students frequently go on to further study or publication. Read their success stories here.

Read tips for writers battling with self-doubt from tutor Helen Cox.

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  1. An introduction to writing comedy

    An introduction to writing comedy

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about writing comedy? Explore every aspect of humorous scriptwriting for television, beginning with sketches, and looking at sitcoms from initial idea through to finished script.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  3. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. 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

  5. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Freelance journalism

    Freelance journalism

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fast track through the essential skills for writing newspaper and magazine articles with a widely experienced Fleet Street professional. Experiment with challenging interviews and receive insider tips on selling your work.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. 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

  8. Introduction to writing young adult fiction

    Introduction to writing young adult fiction

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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

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

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018 (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

  10. Writing biography: a taster

    Writing biography: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to create a portrait with words? This day workshop will inspire you to experiment with your own life writing and explore approaches to the intriguing genre of biographical writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Using data to make money from freelancing

    Using data to make money from freelancing

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Freelancing in creative industries such as journalism and writing can be hard to sustain financially. This course will help you use data to make better decisions, generate income and grow your freelance business.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Playwriting: an introduction

    Playwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come with an idea for a play you're working on or hope to write, and spend the day exploring, testing and stretching that idea through exercises that you can then apply to new work in the future.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Young writers' summer workshop

    Young writers' summer workshop

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop welcomes writers aged 19-26 to participate in four energising sessions devoted to exploring writing craft, and sharing written work. Ideal if you're a poet and/or fiction writer who wants to improve your writing skills, receive feedback on work-in-progress, and network with other young writers in a supportive and creative environment.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

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