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. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This two-day course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Find practical ways to develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  2. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  3. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Course Date: Sun 12 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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
    Concession: £24.00

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    Erotic poetry

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The erotic is a glass prism, refracting a spectrum of ideas, experiences and desires for each individual. This day workshop guides students in developing poems that sensitively capture and deconstruct elements of the erotic that grip and stimulate the reader.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. What editors want: writing and selling news and features

    What editors want: writing and selling news and features

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write articles and sell them to commissioning editors. Discover the key skills required to produce stories to a deadline. From coming up with ideas to writing, editing and getting your work commissioned.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Approaching an agent

    Approaching an agent

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  8. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    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

  9. Writing a short film

    Writing a short film

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a script for a short film over two days? This short course offers an insight into the fundamentals of screenwriting through tutor input, writing exercises, group work and discussion.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  10. Writing children's poetry

    Writing children's poetry

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this interactive workshop you will be exploring a range of poetic styles for the different age groups. There will be plenty of practical activities, and a chance to perform a poem in a final ‘slam’.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Craft focus: edit like an expert

    Craft focus: edit like an expert

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches essential editing skills for writers who are self-publishing or submitting their work to editors for consideration.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Course Date: Thu 30 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This six-week course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  14. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun, inspiring day workshop explores the many sources of inspiration available to writers in their everyday lives.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing historical fiction

    Writing historical fiction

    Course Date: Mon 3 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is there a historical event, or maybe even in a period in time that you think is rich in great stories? Ever wondered how writers like Hillary Mantel, Phillipa Gregory and C.J. Sansom do it? Dig into the past for inspiration on this course and learn how to create historical fiction that speaks vividly to its period and to a contemporary readership.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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