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. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018
    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

  2. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Voice is an act rather than a thing, a passage of breath, a movement of sound, a certain transfer of meaning – the one special feature of writing that bridges the lonely gap between writer and reader. Develop your voice with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018 (and 2 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

  4. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (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

  5. How to get published

    How to get published

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Masterclass: fiction workshop

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    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

  7. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (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

  8. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students, there is a special reduced fee of £27.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

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    Masterclass: poetry review

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This poetry masterclass combines a mix of in-class instruction and home-study and is devised to guide advanced poetry students in further developing their poems and collections. The course culminates with a presentation evening of students' work at the end of term.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  10. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 3 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once your story is on the page, the editing process begins. But where do you start and what skills do you need? This course guides learners through the editing of a story or manuscript, exploring approaches to making line edits, improving narrative structure and everything in between.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback from an experienced author.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

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    Writing YA fiction

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for Young Adults. Explore what makes a great YA book by analysing the work of successful current authors and produce your own writing inspired by them.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  15. Autobiography into fiction: workshop

    Autobiography into fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will help you develop techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction. You'll have the opportunity to improve your writing skills as well as your ability to give and use constructive criticism in a workshop environment.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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