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. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Novella writing: a fortnightly course

    Novella writing: a fortnightly course

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short novel or a long short story? In this fortnightly course we'll define the novella form for ourselves through analysis of set texts, guided exercises, and workshop. We'll also commit to producing a complete first draft of novella length by the end of the session. Ideal for experienced fiction writers.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  3. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Course Date: Sat 2 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? On this day workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. The art of writing the personal essay

    The art of writing the personal essay

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.

    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Course Date: Fri 8 Feb 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

  6. Craft focus: redrafting your fiction

    Craft focus: redrafting your fiction

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The saying goes that books aren't written, they're rewritten. This one-day course teaches you the essential skills for redrafting and perfecting your work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Show rather than tell through quality dialogue. This one-day course will explore ways to develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Developing your blogging

    Developing your blogging

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This one-day workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing broadcast journalism

    Writing broadcast journalism

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to learn more about how media works? Interested in a career in broadcast journalism? On this short course you will learn from practical writing and interviewing exercises and from the experience of a practising broadcast journalist.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. 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

  13. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sun 24 Feb 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will introduce you to some techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction or poetry. You will have the opportunity to improve your writing skills, analyse samples of life-writing and fiction and engage in exercises on developing your story sense. The challenges around using autobiographical material in fiction will be discussed.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. 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

  15. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 25 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

  16. 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

  17. Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 27 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  18. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 28 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring short 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. Writing haiku poetry

    Writing haiku poetry

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.

    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  23. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019 (and 6 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

  24. Writing strong women (in celebration of International Women's Day)

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate strong women on International Women's Day with this one-off session on how to create your own, powerful fictional females.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  25. Self-publishing: an introduction

    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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