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. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (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

  2. Developing your creative writing: workshop

    Developing your creative writing: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive workshop for writers with some experience will give you inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (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

  4. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Advanced screenwriting

    Advanced screenwriting

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  6. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you’ll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and write your opening chapter.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Writing a middle grade book

    Writing a middle grade book

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for Middle Grade (9-12 year olds). Explore what makes a great children's 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

  8. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 9 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Advanced critical workshop: multigenre

    Advanced critical workshop: multigenre

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive and rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel, short story, poetry or script. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions with writers of all forms. Ideal for writers whose work incorporates different forms.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography (including fictionalised work or poetry). Close attention to your work, exploration of techniques and discussion of relevant issues. Suitable for students who have an ongoing project and may have attended autobiographical writing courses.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Memoir: an introduction

    Memoir: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inspiring, six week workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  15. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing voice while continuing to explore and experiment with different genres. Ideal if you have completed 'Ways into creative writing' or another introductory course.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

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