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.

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  1. 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

  2. Micro fiction

    Micro fiction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. Experiment with telling stories in 500-600 words.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. 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

  4. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction.
    Full fee: £369.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £148.00

  5. New narrative poetry

    New narrative poetry

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inventive course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create new kinds of poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For experienced poets.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  6. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 5 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

  7. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  8. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (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

  10. Writing fiction: workshop

    Writing fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're a fiction writer with a bit of experience who is ready for the challenge of a workshop, this course is for you. Share work and receive constructive feedback from your tutor and peers in a supportive environment, and hone your craft in exercises designed to discover your fiction writing voice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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

  12. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 12 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

  13. Developing your creative writing: workshop

    Developing your creative writing: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive workshop for writers with some experience will give you 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

  14. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  15. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback from an experienced author.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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