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.

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.

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  1. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 24 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  2. Character as a driving force in fiction

    Character as a driving force in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    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

  3. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00

  5. An introduction to writing comedy

    An introduction to writing comedy

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about writing comedy? Explore every aspect of humorous scriptwriting for television, beginning with sketches, and looking at sitcoms from initial idea through to finished script.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  6. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  7. Travel writing workshop

    Travel writing workshop

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, and learn how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Receive practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £60.00

  8. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  10. World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Course Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018
    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

  11. Freelance journalism

    Freelance journalism

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fast track through the essential skills for writing newspaper and magazine articles with a widely experienced Fleet Street professional. Experiment with challenging interviews and receive insider tips on selling your work.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  13. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Introduction to writing young adult fiction

    Introduction to writing young adult fiction

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Young adult fiction is booming. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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