Novels & Short Story Writing Courses in London

Explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction. All kinds of narrative fiction, long and short, are supported on our wide range of courses. Whether you want to get your great idea down on paper or are already writing and redrafting, we have a course that will suit your level. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the scope of human experience through the lens of LGBT+ writers, and learn from them the fundamentals of writing compelling fiction. This fortnightly intermediate course combines reading and analysis of key queer texts with practical writing exercises. Suitable for all those with some creative writing experience and an interest in queer perspectives in fiction.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Writing comics and graphic novels

    Writing comics and graphic novels

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    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. Application deadline: Sunday 8 September 2019.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  4. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical six-week course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 8 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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  8. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  9. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Got a great idea for a novel? Want to learn how to master major craft elements such as character and plot in the context of long-form fiction, and gain valuable feedback on your writing? This course combines online and face-to-face instruction in six easy-to-digest modules, giving you the support required to get your project started. Ideal for those wishing to begin a novel and those with a novel-in-progress.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  12. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Oct 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end in two days. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Setting is one of the integral elements of fiction craft. It is essential for building a world that a reader can escape into and for providing context that supports character and plot. In this practical one-day intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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