10 courses

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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Online)

A serious but flexible course for committed writers, with access to leading industry experts and round-the-clock support from our team.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Tom Bromley, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Lee Weatherly

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 19 Jan 2022

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Application Deadline

Sunday 02 Jan 2022

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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Evening)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly, Joanna Briscoe, Sarah May, Sabrina Broadbent

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

Application Deadline

Friday 31 Dec 2021

£4000
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Daytime)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Nikesh Shukla, Shelley Weiner

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

Application Deadline

Friday 31 Dec 2021

£4000
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Advanced Short Stories

You’ve got to grips with the basics – now it’s time to make your short stories shine.

Tutors

Lucy Caldwell

Start Date

Thursday 21 Apr 2022

£850
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Collection Review

Collection Review

Put your poems through their paces with an in-depth evaluation of your entire collection.
By Application
£500
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Create Brilliant Characters

Discover the secrets of successful character creation, and try out failsafe techniques to bring your own characters to life.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 13 Sep 2021

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Short Story

Create Brilliant Characters

Discover the secrets of successful character creation, and try out failsafe techniques to bring your own characters to life.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Edit and Submit Your Novel

Expert industry insight and all the technical tools you'll need to take your manuscript from first to final draft.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Rose Tomaszewska, Catherine Cho

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 23 Mar 2022

Application Deadline

Tuesday 01 Mar 2022

£1250
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Edit and Submit Your Novel

Expert industry insight and all the technical tools you'll need to take your manuscript from first to final draft.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Rose Tomaszewska, Catherine Cho

By Application

Start Date

Friday 01 Oct 2021

Application Deadline

Sunday 05 Sep 2021

£1250
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Fiction Skills: Plot

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Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

£120
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Crime, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Plot

Create storylines that keep readers turning those pages in this self-paced online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 24 Jan 2022

£120
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Fiction Skills: Research

Learn how to convert dry facts and higgledy-piggledy materials into compelling stories packed with atmosphere.

Tutors

Philip Marsden

Start Date

Monday 01 Nov 2021

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Research

Learn how to convert dry facts and higgledy-piggledy materials into compelling stories packed with atmosphere.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Philip Marsden

Start Date

Monday 21 Feb 2022

£120
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Add depth and authority to your writing

This four-week course shows how to take the raw material from internet-trawling, library sessions or your own notebooks and diaries and turn it into engaging writing. You will be encouraged to use background reading to kick-start the creative process, and explore ways to use research material to transform a nice story into something more unusual, more credible and more substantial. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you’ll draw on facts, research and personal experience.

Is this the right course for me?

This course is part of our online Fiction Skills series, designed for writers looking to finesse technical aspects of their writing. It's suitable for both fiction and non-fiction writers, and while you don't need to be an experienced writer, if you're a complete beginner it might be better to start with one of our starting out courses.

Over two fortnight-long sessions, you'll work through guided reading, practical exercises and creative writing prompts. You'll have video introductions to the topics covered from your tutor, and instructions and tips on how to craft a satisfying story.

You'll be joined by a supportive group of fellow writers to read, discuss and feedback on your work, and we'll host forum discussions about hooking and keeping your readers engaged with your setting. We'll give you guidance on how to turn a sharp lens on your creative work and become a better editor of your writing, as well as honing those skills giving feedback to your classmates.

You'll have a special Q&A forum to keep in touch with and post your critical writing questions for your tutor during the four weeks. And at the end of the course, you'll find carefully curated additional reading and resources so you can take your interests further, as well as the opportunity to produce a piece of writing of up to 2,000 words based on one of the exercises you've worked on during the course.

Tutor

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Philip Marsden

Philip Marsden

    The course consists of two fortnight-long sessions, which you work through progressively with a small group of peers, your tutor and a moderator. There’s no need to log on at a certain time each week – as long as you complete the set assignments and peer feedback by the end of each session, you can work at any time of the day or night.

Course Programme

Session 1

21 February – 6 March

Approaches to research

Session 2

7 March – 20 March

Putting research on the page

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Course Programme

Fiction Skills: Research

Session 1

21 February – 6 March

Approaches to research

This first session will explore some of the skills and processes involved in research, including background reading, note-taking, and the use of sources. You’ll look at different writers’ approaches to research, reflect on your own practices, and try your hand at some active research.

Session 2

7 March – 20 March

Putting research on the page

The second session will look at how to put research on the page, turning notes and facts into compelling prose. You’ll explore how researched details can be used to engage the reader and bring scenes and stories to life. This session will also look at the use of language, style and tone when putting your research onto the page. You will post your final piece to the forum for comment from your peers.

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