Screenwriting & Playwriting Courses & Classes in London

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  1. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey on this intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills as you work on your own project. New students with some writing experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  2. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Review the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  5. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series? Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  10. Television screenwriting

    Television screenwriting

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this course will assist you in developing your own projects.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  11. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work in this advanced course. New students with extensive playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  12. Advanced screenwriting

    Advanced screenwriting

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Continue to explore the secrets of successful screenplays and receive feedback on your draft project in this rigorous workshop. Suitable for experienced screenwriters with some years experience and a complete or near-complete draft of a screenplay.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  13. Writing a short film

    Writing a short film

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    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

  14. Playwriting: an introduction

    Playwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wanted to write a play? Spend a day working on character and dialogue, learn how to tell a story in a dramatic and powerful way, and find out if playwriting is for you.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Screenwriting for feature film

    Screenwriting for feature film

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a screenplay? How is it different from theatre, radio or prose? Learn the basics of the craft and develop a script of your own in this creative and analytical workshop.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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