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.

Student stories
Discover the impact studying at Build had for published poet Peter Ebsworth.

Build's writing students frequently go on to further study or publication. Read their success stories here.

Read tips for writers battling with self-doubt from tutor Helen Cox.

For the latest news, courses, events and competitions, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.

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  1. Micro-fiction

    Micro-fiction

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. This two-day workshop on the essential components of flash fiction will teach you to tell a complete story in up to 500 words.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  2. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  3. Screenwriting for feature film

    Screenwriting for feature film

    Course Date: Mon 13 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got an idea for a feature film but not sure what to do with it? Learn the basics of screenwriting craft and work toward developing a feature-length film of your own on this creative and supportive course.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Writing the city

    Writing the city

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cities are complex, rich and filled with possibilities for great fiction. Learn how to craft vibrant urban settings in this course that combines writing exercises with an exploration of cities in texts both old and new.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Plot your children's novel in two days

    Plot your children's novel in two days

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You’re a writer with some experience and a great idea for a children’s novel, but plotting is the thing that lets you down. Spend two days in this interactive workshop, learning about structure and developing your idea into a compelling plot.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  6. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Course Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018
    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

  7. Screenwriting: an introduction

    Screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? This nuts and bolts workshop covers the basics of scriptwriting, designed to help you shape up your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing comics and graphic novels

    Writing comics and graphic novels

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (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 exercises, 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

  10. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  12. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (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

  13. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing with confidence on this course, as we explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  14. Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Advanced critical workshop: fiction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  15. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (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

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