Creative non-fiction

Life writing, travel writing, essays and autobiography: explore the many forms of creative non-fiction on our part-time courses. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. 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

  2. Writing memoir: a taster

    Writing memoir: a taster

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Writing biography: a taster

    Writing biography: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to create a portrait with words? This day workshop will inspire you to experiment with your own life writing and explore approaches to the intriguing genre of biographical writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Autobiographical writing: capturing a summer

    Autobiographical writing: capturing a summer

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For better or worse some summers stay with us forever, so why not preserve them on the page? This day workshop explores approaches to capturing your personal stand-out summer.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Weave the rich strands of your personal experience into an intricate story that will entertain and educate readers. Ideal if you've attended 'Creative non-fiction' or already have a specific project planned out.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  6. Autobiographical writing

    Autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to make your work evocative and powerful. Explore various resources for autobiography, from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £369.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £148.00

  7. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Memoir: an introduction

    Memoir: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inspiring, six week workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography (including fictionalised work or poetry). Close attention to your work, exploration of techniques and discussion of relevant issues. Suitable for students who have an ongoing project and may have attended autobiographical writing courses.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This engaging one-day course will introduce the key features of creative non-fiction. Explore journalism, biography, travel writing and more, and take part in practical writing exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Biography writing: an introduction

    Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. The art of letter writing

    Course Date: Fri 23 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There's more to the art of letter writing than talking about the weather. Regardless of whether or not you send your mail electronically or through traditional routes, this short course will help you write more inspiring correspondence to penfriends and loved ones.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 27 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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