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. 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

  2. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 6 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

  5. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive workshop for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  6. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 3 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  7. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. Experiment with telling stories in 500-600 words.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  8. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  9. Editing your children's novel

    Editing your children's novel

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Editing your novel can be a tricky business! Get support on this lively course, learning techniques and skills to improve and edit your manuscript.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £64.00

  10. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 2 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  11. Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019 (and 4 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

  13. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will introduce you to some techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction or poetry. You will have the opportunity to improve your writing skills, analyse samples of life-writing and fiction and engage in exercises on developing your story sense. The challenges around using autobiographical material in fiction will be discussed.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Craft focus: novel plotting in depth

    Craft focus: novel plotting in depth

    Course Date: Sun 5 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  15. Journal inspiration: advanced approaches to life writing

    Journal inspiration: advanced approaches to life writing

    Course Date: Fri 10 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inspiring, weekend workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to help students who have already begun journaling progress further with their autobiographical writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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