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. 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

  2. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already devised a cunning plan for your own fairytale? This fun day workshop coaches students on how to add an extra dash of magic into the cauldron while writing in the fairytale genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: Keats House
    Helen Cox, poetry coordinator at Build, facilitates a poetry workshop drawing on a variety of techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, Hampstead.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  5. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  7. Picture book writing: a taster

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This taster course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. 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

  9. Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)

    Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive three-term fiction workshop is open by selective application and interview 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 is Monday 12th August. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Sunday 8th September.
    Full fee: £989.00
    Senior fee: £989.00
    Concession: £989.00

  10. Autobiographical writing

    Autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you already have some experience of writing in the autobiographical genre? Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, this term-long course explores how to ensure your work is both evocative and powerful. Diaries, dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  11. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 3 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  12. 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

  13. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  14. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance. Includes an invitation to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The current deadline for applications is Friday 30th of August 2019.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  15. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 10 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

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