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. Craft focus: edit like an expert

    Craft focus: edit like an expert

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches essential editing skills for writers who are self-publishing or submitting their work to editors for consideration.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Course Date: Thu 30 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This six-week course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Writing historical fiction

    Writing historical fiction

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is there a historical event, or maybe even in a period in time that you think is rich in great stories? Ever wondered how writers like Hillary Mantel, Phillipa Gregory and C.J. Sansom do it? Dig into the past for inspiration on this course and learn how to create historical fiction that speaks vividly to its period and to a contemporary readership.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Crime writing: an introduction

    Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in crime writing and explore the techniques behind character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere. Benefit from stimulating writing exercises, feedback and encouragement.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced course for those seriously engaged in writing a novel, you will look in greater depth at the mythic theory of plotting. The class atmosphere is supportive, but candid and serious. Please enrol only if you have completed 'Craft focus: novel plotting in depth'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  6. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a synopsis of their completed manuscript, an essential requirement of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in four days.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    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

  11. World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered how Tolkien or C.S. Lewis did it? On this one-day course you'll learn how to build worlds that lend your fantasy or speculative fiction credibilty, richness and the kind of depth that leaves readers wanting more. Ideal for enthusiastic writers with an idea to explore, or a writing project in progress.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. How to write a novel

    How to write a novel

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course deals with all aspects of novel writing technique and prose style. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with a novel at early draft stage.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 13 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is ideal if you are an experienced creative writer and want to explore the principles of novel writing in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  14. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. Please note: the deadline for applications has now passed.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £289.00

  15. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in two days.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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