Introductory and general creative writing courses

Give creative writing a try on our fun and supportive range of beginners' courses. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment with a range of forms and unlock your imagination. Weekday, evening and weekend time slots are available, so you're sure to find something that fits your schedule. All our creative writing tutors are published authors.

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  1. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018 (and 11 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on this fun and supportive short course covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 2 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  5. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive workshop for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  6. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  7. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once upon a time there was a Build day workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. How to impress a publisher

    How to impress a publisher

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing strong women (in celebration of International Women's Day)

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate strong women on International Women's Day with this one-off session on how to create your own, powerful fictional females.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  10. Self-publishing: an introduction

    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Course Date: Fri 15 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.

    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  12. Writer’s life: turning your setbacks into comebacks

    Writer’s life: turning your setbacks into comebacks

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn your setbacks into comebacks on this course designed to help budding authors navigate the often lonely and frustrating world of writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Approaching an agent

    Approaching an agent

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    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

  14. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun, inspiring day workshop explores the many sources of inspiration available to writers in their everyday lives.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing for video games

    Writing for video games

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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