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.

We are seeking stories, poems and scripts for Between the Lines 2018, our latest anthology of work by Build's creative writing students. Learn more here.

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.

For the latest news, courses, events and competitions, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.

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  1. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Course Date: Sat 21 Apr 2018
    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

  2. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. Freelance writing and blogging

    Freelance writing and blogging

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00

  4. Writing for video games

    Writing for video games

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This industry-led course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing for the video game genre.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  5. Screenwriting: an introduction

    Screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 28 Apr 2018
    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

  6. What editors want: writing and selling news and features

    What editors want: writing and selling news and features

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write articles and sell them to commissioning editors. Discover the key skills required to produce stories to a deadline. From coming up with ideas to writing, editing and getting your work commissioned.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. An introduction to data journalism

    An introduction to data journalism

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Use your IT skills to data mine and find stories hidden in published statistics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Approaching an agent

    Approaching an agent

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Local history writing

    Local history writing

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this inspiring new short course students will learn how to write local history books, booklets and features. Local history covers a broad spectrum of topics but writers in this area are often interested in penning volumes about their family, their home town, the street they live in, the places they love, know well or grew up in, from old buildings to parks, markets and beyond.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. Writing a short film

    Writing a short film

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a script for a short film over two days? This short course offers an insight into the fundamentals of screenwriting through tutor input, writing exercises, group work and discussion.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Mon 14 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students there is a special reduced fee of £27.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Journalism for second language speakers

    Journalism for second language speakers

    Course Date: Mon 14 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Build your confidence in writing news and features articles for newspapers and magazines in a supportive group in which you can explore the writing style of British journalism. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate levels.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. Playwriting: stage 1

    Playwriting: stage 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 May 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  14. Edit like an expert

    Edit like an expert

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    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

  15. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    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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