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. 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 23 Feb 2019
    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

  2. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Mon 25 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five-week workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 26 Feb 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

  4. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 28 Feb 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on this fun and supportive short course covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Ghostwriting a true life story

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to co-author or ghostwrite an autobiographical or biographical story? This fun, interactive taster session offers students the opportunity to learn more about this popular branch of non-fiction writing.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  6. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    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

  7. Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    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

  8. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019 (and 5 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

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    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    The journalist's toolkit: from inspiration to publication

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This informative day workshop teaches students about the essential journalistic tools and techniques to effectively pitch and writing articles across a range of mediums.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Course Date: Fri 15 Mar 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Course Date: Fri 15 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  14. Writer’s life: turning your setbacks into comebacks

    Writer’s life: turning your setbacks into comebacks

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    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

  15. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019
    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

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