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. Adapting novels for TV and film

    Adapting novels for TV and film

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you've ever loved The Film more than The Book, or The Book more than The Film; if a TV drama has introduced you to a favourite author; if a book leaps off the page for you as you're reading, and you're bursting to see its contents brought to three-dimensional life, this is the course for you.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  2. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, in a culture where new poems will grow. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  4. The art of letter writing

    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

  5. A taste of journalism

    A taste of journalism

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Come and learn the basics from an experienced feature writer. Discover how journalists develop ideas, get quotes and present their material in a feature style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Create your first poetry collection

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a passion, a journey or an obsession to share? Blogging is the perfect medium through which to share your interests with the world. This one-day workshop teaches the essential skills required to write blogposts that will resonate.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Voice is an act rather than a thing, a passage of breath, a movement of sound, a certain transfer of meaning – the one special feature of writing that bridges the lonely gap between writer and reader. Develop your voice with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in two days.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. 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

  14. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is ideal if you are an experienced creative writer and want to explore the principles of novel writing in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  15. 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

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