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. Creating your author platform online

    Creating your author platform online

    Course Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. On this one-day workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Writing sports news and features

    Writing sports news and features

    Course Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write or broadcast about tennis, athletics or the Women's Premier League, this short introductory course offers guidance on crafting quality sports news and features. The course includes expert guidance from an ex-BBC reporter and numerous guest speakers currently working in sports journalism.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Course Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing modern-day romance fiction

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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

  5. Writing fanfiction: an introduction

    Writing fanfiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 10 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The books, movies, and TV shows we love capture our imaginations and inspire us to return to them again and again. Express your fandom in this fun introductory course, where you'll learn how to generate stories based on your fave.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  6. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 10 Nov 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

  7. Poetry and the city

    Poetry and the city

    Course Date: Sat 10 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The excitement and frustrations of city life have inspired poets from 18th-century Grub Street to the 50s Beats and modern-day rappers. This one-day workshop explores ways in which the city can inspire poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. 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

  9. 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
    Which comes first: character or plot? Inseparable: without characters there can be no action/without action, no characters. Explore the ways in which characters can deepen plot and theme with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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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

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