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. Writing haiku poetry

    Writing haiku poetry

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.

    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Television screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series? Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Writing strong women (in celebration of International Women's Day)

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate strong women on International Women's Day with this one-off session on how to create your own, powerful fictional females.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

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    The journalist's toolkit: from inspiration to publication

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This informative day workshop teaches students about the essential journalistic tools and techniques to effectively pitch and writing articles across a range of mediums.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Self-publishing: an introduction

    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Create your first poetry collection

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019 (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

  7. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Course Date: Fri 15 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.

    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  8. Writer’s life: turning your setbacks into comebacks

    Writer’s life: turning your setbacks into comebacks

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn your setbacks into comebacks on this course designed to help budding authors navigate the often lonely and frustrating world of writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Poetry through the seasons: spring

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Snowdrops blossoming, daffodils yellowing, lengthening days and the blossoms of May. Whatever spring means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the essence of the brightening world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Writing YA fiction: an introduction

    Writing YA fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Young adult fiction is booming. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. Local history writing

    Local history writing

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this inspiring new short course students will learn how to write local history books, booklets and features. Local history covers a broad spectrum of topics but writers in this area are often interested in penning volumes about their family, their home town, the street they live in, the places they love, know well or grew up in, from old buildings to parks, markets and beyond.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.

    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  15. Writing for children (continuation)

    Writing for children (continuation)

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Continue to explore writing for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction on this practical and interactive course. This course focuses much more on the nuts and bolts of writing, focusing on issues such as theme, viewpoint and structure in the context of children's fiction. You will need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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