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. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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

  2. Writing for video games

    Writing for video games

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This industry-led course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing for the video game genre.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    This introductory short course is the perfect starting point for students who are interested in writing in the creative non-fiction genre. The course will cover both practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Fri 7 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Crime writing: an introduction

    Crime writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in crime writing and explore the techniques behind character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere. Benefit from stimulating writing exercises, feedback and encouragement.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Writing press releases

    Writing press releases

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    News editors are inundated with badly written press releases. How do you get yours noticed? Learn the basics of writing effective press releases for business and the public sector, and get feedback on your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced course for those seriously engaged in writing a novel, you will look in greater depth at the mythic theory of plotting. The class atmosphere is supportive, but candid and serious. Please enrol only if you have completed 'Craft focus: novel plotting in depth'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  8. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This day workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing news and features: a taster

    Writing news and features: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy learning some journalism basics? This taster workshop introduces students to the fundamental skills every budding journalist needs. The course explores the language and structure of news and feature articles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Plot your children's novel in two days

    Plot your children's novel in two days

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You’re a writer with some experience and a great idea for a children’s novel, but plotting is the thing that lets you down. Spend two days in this interactive workshop, learning about structure and developing your idea into a compelling plot.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a synopsis of their completed manuscript, an essential requirement of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 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

  15. Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances (advanced)

    Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances (advanced)

    Course Date: Sun 7 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Congratulations! You’ve published a children’s book and been invited into schools to speak to children. Find out how to structure a successful author visit, receive supportive feedback on your planned talk, and learn about the logistics and financial aspects of the trip.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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