Writing Courses in London

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. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For those familiar with the basics of poetic form, this intermediate course explores craft and content through reading, writing exercises and constructive feedback. Ideal if you have already attended 'Ways into poetry'.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  2. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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

    Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    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

  4. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019 (and 7 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

  5. Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Novel writing: blended – an online and on-site course

    Course Date: Sun 20 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a great idea for a novel? Want to learn how to master major craft elements such as character and plot in the context of long-form fiction, and gain valuable feedback on your writing? This course combines online and face-to-face instruction to give you the support required to get your project started. Ideal for those wishing to begin a novel and those with a novel-in-progress.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £116.00

  6. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Course Date: Sun 20 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.

    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  7. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do you become a freelance journalist? Discover the basic skills a journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers, magazines and online. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors. Led by well-established journalist and coach Susan Grossman. Suitable for those looking to refresh their skills and bloggers.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. 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

  9. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019 (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

  10. Novella writing: a fortnightly course

    Novella writing: a fortnightly course

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short novel or a long short story? In this fortnightly course we'll define the novella form for ourselves through analysis of set texts, guided exercises, and workshop. We'll also commit to producing a complete first draft of novella length by the end of the session. Ideal for experienced fiction writers.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  11. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Course Date: Sat 2 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? On this day workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. The art of writing the personal essay

    The art of writing the personal essay

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.

    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Course Date: Fri 8 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Craft focus: redrafting your fiction

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The saying goes that books aren't written, they're rewritten. This one-day course teaches you the essential skills for redrafting and perfecting your work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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