Starting to Write

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Starting to Write:

Have you always wanted to write, but never had the time? Or, perhaps, you’d like to try writing but don’t know how to find your voice? If you have ever wanted to express yourself through words or stories, but not known where to start, this course is for you.

Over the course of 10 weeks, you will:

  • find out which type of writing you like best, find your voice and develop a writing habit that works for you
  • learn techniques for developing ideas, characters, structure, dialogue and setting
  • write on a weekly basis, either trying out different ideas each week, or developing one or two ideas from the start
  • develop writing confidence in a supportive, encouraging environment

Course structure

Week one: How to get started and overcome the common obstacles: time, discipline and self-confidence. Some light-hearted exercises to help you think about what you want to write, when and how. Explanation of workshop structure and why critical reading/watching other works is key to writing.

Week two: Starting out: first lines and first pages. How to develop a voice and an idea.

Week three: The short story: a look at some of the most famous writers and styles. First steps in prose writing.

Week four: The short script: film and radio drama: a look at prize-winning short films, including advertising. First steps in scriptwriting. What is dialogue and how to write it.

Week five: Three-act structure: how to plot and build a story. Beginnings, middles and endings. Using a beatsheet.

Week six: Characters: where to find them, how to write them, how to make them real.

Week seven: Narration and description: how the teller of your story affects it, how the setting of your story helps establish its reality.

Week eight: What’s it all about, Alfie? Theme and pitch.

Week nine: Learning how to move a story on, improve the pace and self-edit.

Week ten: Presentation of final stories. Suggestions for where to go next in terms of courses, competitions and publishing.

Additional entry requirements

Who's this course for? This course is aimed at beginners and those who have an interest in writing, whether just for pleasure or as a professional, but don’t know where to start. You should be able to read and write fluently in English and be enthusiastic about the prospect of reading and writing fiction. Those comfortable with sharing their work will be encouraged to do so.

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Start Date: Tue 01st October 2019
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London, N7 8DB


10 weeks


Part time evening


No Qualification



From: £250


Customised dependent on number of delegates/location


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