Writing is one of the most crucial and widely applicable skills one can have, along with being a timeless art form.
Whether you are a new or experienced writer, there’s a creative writing course you can benefit from. No matter what your creative goals are, these courses can help you brainstorm and stimulate your creative thinking.
The Top 10 Creative Writing Courses in London are:
- Beginners’ Fiction
- Novel writing in 3 months
- Creative Writing Intensive- 5 Day Workshop
- ‘Get that Novel Started’ Creative Writing Course
- Virtual 1 Hour Creative Writing Workshop
- Live Online: The Decisive Moment: Writing a Personal Essay
- Write and Shine Summer Program- Transit
- Virtual Space to Write Mondays
- Creative Writing: Summer Holiday Workshop
- Short Course: Introduction to Creative Writing
1. Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction
London’s very own Faber Academy offers this 12-week long, brilliant creative writing course for beginners. It runs from 22nd September to 8th December, with weekly sessions taking place every Wednesday.
The aim of the course is to teach you how to read like a writer, while developing your writing and literary skills. Each student will have the opportunity to have their work read and discussed during the workshop. By the end of the workshop, you would have written two short stories or the beginning of a novel. If you’re experiencing writer’s block and need to get the juices flowing, head on over.
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2. Novel writing in 3 months
This 3 month novel writing course offered by the Curtis Brown creative team for a reasonable price will help you complete that novel you’ve been thinking about, and even get a chance to publish! The course offers weekly writing workshops and teaching sessions on topics such as creating memorable characters, developing strong arcs, and writing authentic dialogue.
Furthermore, students will participate in workshops given by professional publishers, a major author, and literary agents. One on one interviews and tutoring sessions will provide you with the necessary feedback to improve your chances of publishing your novel! The course will have a hybrid mode of instruction with classes taking place on Tuesday evenings, alternating between a spacious venue in London and zoom. Sign up today and pursue your dream of becoming a possibly published author!
3. Creative Writing Intensive- 5 Day Workshop
As part of their Summer Schools and Intensives programs, City Academy is offering a 5 day intensive creating writing workshop for beginners. Seriously, all you need is a rough idea to work on, nothing else required.
If you have always wanted to try your hand at this, but never knew where to begin, consider this course. They walk you through various writing techniques and formats, with an expert tutor providing guidance along the way.
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4. ‘Get that Novel Started’ Creative Writing Course
This 6 week long course is suitable for beginners or experienced writers, with a variety of genres to choose from. The course will teach you key concepts such as character building, structure, framework, plot, theme, and drama.
In addition, you will work with other students by sharing your work and critiquing each other’s pieces to gain confidence, develop discipline and work ethic necessary for a writer. By the end of the course, you will have the first 10,000 words of your novel inked with many more ready to be written!
5. Virtual 1 Hour Creative Writing Workshop
Join the lovely Diane Chandler, winner of the 2016 People’s Book Prize for Fiction and host of this workshop, for an engaging, one-off creative writing workshop. As part of the Creative Workshops London series, this workshop is being offered online only.
The maximum number of people in one workshop session is six people, to ensure maximum personal feedback for everyone. For those of you who have very little time and would prefer an online option, don’t miss out on this one!
6. Live Online: The Decisive Moment: Writing a Personal Essay
This session walks you through the basics of writing a personal essay, and the nuances of it. It is being offered by the London Lit Lab and will be held on Zoom for 2.5 hours, on Saturday 10th July. The objective of the course is to teach participants how to take a decisive moment in their life and weave it into a personal essay.
The tutor Julia Bell is a published writer and a teacher, in Birkbeck where she is the course director for the MA Creative Writing program. Great personal essays can be very tough to write, and this would be a useful class to develop your skills for it.
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7. Write and Shine Summer Program- Transit
The Write and Shine Program runs throughout the year, and is back this summer. They have a variety of classes on offer, and the running theme is that of writing about places, and cities in particular.
The session takes place virtually, in the morning hours. The Transit workshop is scheduled for 22nd July and focuses on different modes of transport and traveling. If you have the travel bug or wanderlust, you wouldn’t want to miss this one- it might even help you get a travelogue going.
8. Virtual Space to Write Mondays
Creative Writes is offering an amazing opportunity to get your creative juices flowing at a very friendly price! The offered course will guide you through fun, and creative free flow writing exercises covering a range of content and themes. Join in on the sessions from 3-4pm on Mondays and give your mind an unwinding, creative workout!
9. Creative Writing: Summer Holiday Workshop
This multi-sensory creative writing workshop hosted by Arty Farty Retreat, is a fun one to add. The workshop relies on visual and word prompts to stimulate one’s imagination into creating unique, and surprisingly cool prose!
The duration of the workshop is ninety minutes from 7pm to 8:30 pm on Friday, August 13, 2021 and is quite affordable. By the end of the workshop, you will have a finished creative piece of writing that you’ll be proud of!
10. Short Course: Introduction to Creative Writing
This course, offered by Goldsmiths University of London, will help you explore creative writing by reading relevant texts, working on various writing prompts, and understanding technical aspects of writing. The course will teach you to correctly employ point of view, voice, plot, poetic form, rhythm and imagery amongst other techniques as well.
By the end of this course, you will be able to read with a writer’s eyes, learn about fiction and poetry publishing to get your work in print, and develop a writer’s thick skin through various critiques/feedback sessions. The course is available in 5 weeks and 10 weeks duration and will be taking place online at a reasonable price. Sign up today and don’t miss this opportunity!
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