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. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  2. Writing comics and graphic novels

    Writing comics and graphic novels

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Autobiographical writing

    Autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to make your work evocative and powerful. Explore various resources for autobiography, from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £369.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £148.00

  5. Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Weave the rich strands of your personal experience into an intricate story that will entertain and educate readers. Ideal if you've attended 'Creative non-fiction' or already have a specific project planned out.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  6. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  7. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  8. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 5 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 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: £369.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £148.00

  10. Micro fiction

    Micro fiction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. Experiment with telling stories in 500-600 words.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. New narrative poetry

    New narrative poetry

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Developing your creative writing: workshop

    Developing your creative writing: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive workshop for writers with some experience will give you inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  13. Writing fiction: workshop

    Writing fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're a fiction writer with a bit of experience who is ready for the challenge of a workshop, this course is for you. Share work and receive constructive feedback from your tutor and peers in a supportive environment, and hone your craft in exercises designed to discover your fiction writing voice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  14. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  15. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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