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Creative writing courses, In London and Online

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Writing Poetry

Sharpen your style and learn how to write distinctive poems that stretch your imagination and resonate with readers.

17 Feb – 31 Mar
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online

Breakthrough Novel-Writing Course for Writers of Colour

Get the most out of your novel on this exciting free two-week course with expert tuition, a strong peer group, and advice from agents.

10 Jan – 21 Jan
Catherine Johnson
online

Writing YA & Children’s Fiction

Learn how to write exciting and engaging YA, Middle Grade, and Children's Fiction on our three-month online course with author and tutor, Catherine Johnson. Scholarship available.

24 Jan – 25 Apr
Jake Arnott, Author
london

Writing Your Novel – Six Months

Our flagship novel-writing course is back in London. Make your story shine with expert tuition and feedback from publishing professionals.

24 Feb – 01 Aug
online

Writing Your Novel – Six Months

Our biggest online course gives you an intense learning experience with feedback and one-to-ones from expert tutors plus industry advice from literary agents. Scholarship available.

21 Feb – 02 Aug
online

Short Story Writing – Five-Day Intensive

Unlock the potential of your short story on this online course with award-winning writer Cynan Jones.

21 Feb – 25 Feb
online

Writing a Romance Novel

Write an irresistible, heartfelt romance that readers will fall in love with – with bestselling author Jenny Colgan.

17 Feb – 29 Mar
S J Parris, author
online

Writing Historical Fiction

Travel to the past and explore what makes a compelling historical novel with the help of bestselling author S J Parris – aka Stephanie Merritt

27 Jan – 10 Mar
Erin Kelly, author
online

Writing a Psychological Thriller

Write a twisty, suspenseful thriller that readers won’t be able to put down – with bestselling author Erin Kelly.

25 Jan – 10 Mar
Starting to Write Your Novel
online

Starting to Write Your Novel

The online writing course that helps you get your novel off the ground. With our support, you'll develop your idea, plot and plan your story, and write a confident opening.

20 Jan – 03 Mar
online

Write to the End of Your Novel

Need some great advice to help you reach the end of the first draft? This course will help you develop the skills, techniques, and staying power that will get you over the finish line.

20 Jan – 03 Mar
online

Edit & Pitch Your Novel

Suitable for anyone with a complete first draft, this online course helps you edit and polish your novel and prepare your pitch package for agents and publishers.

20 Jan – 03 Mar
online

Writing Crime Fiction

Draw your readers into a web of intrigue that will keep them guessing till the final page – with bestselling crime novelist Vaseem Khan.

03 Feb – 17 Mar
online

Creative Writing for Beginners

The four-week online writing course that helps you explore your Writer's World and find your voice. With our guidance you'll gain confidence and put pen to paper.

27 Jan – 24 Feb
online

Writing a Memoir

Bestselling memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink shows you how to bring your real life stories to the page.

03 Feb – 17 Mar
Cynan Jones, author
online

Writing Short Stories

Write and edit a complete short story and learn essential fiction-writing techniques on our course from award-winning short story-writer Cynan Jones.

17 Feb – 29 Mar
Sarah McIntyre and David O'Connell
online

Writing & Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book

Bringing together the teaching materials from our two individual courses – for people who want to write and the illustrate children's picture books.

24 Feb – 05 May
David OConnell, Writing a Childrens Picture Book
online

Writing a Children’s Picture Book

Turn your ideas into fully-fledged story book texts for 2-6 year-olds with advice from a successful author.

24 Feb – 05 Apr
online

Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book

Want to illustrate children's books? Learn the tricks of the trade from a leading professional illustrator in our online course for all-comers.

24 Feb – 05 Apr
Cathy Rentzenbrink
online

Writing Your Memoir – Three Months

Develop your memoir on this online course with expert teaching, tutorials and workshops from bestselling memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink.

01 Mar – 26 May
online

Writing Your Novel – Three Months

Get the most our of your novel with expert tuition, a strong peer group and advice from literary agents. All online, and with flexible scheduling.

07 Mar – 20 Jun
online

Character Development – The Deep Dive

Build captivating and memorable characters with believable motivations and compelling story arcs.

27 Jan – 24 Feb

Discover our Longer Courses

Our Three- and Six-Month Selective-Entry Creative Writing Courses in London or Online

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Highly selective, highly personalised

Our selective-entry courses focus in-depth on your novel-in-progress, with tutor-led writing workshops, one-to-one tuition, dedicated teaching and industry insights.

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Connect with authors, publishers & literary agents

The literary agents at Curtis Brown and C&W regularly visit our London courses to meet students. On our online courses, they take part in exclusive industry webinars.

Introducing our Short Online Writing Courses

These three six-week online novel-writing courses are open to all-comers. Enrol on whichever suits your stage of writing, or take all three short courses to go all the way from first idea to finished novel.

1

Starting to Write Your Novel

Develop your story idea, plot and plan your novel, and write a confident opening, with our support.

2

Write to the End of Your Novel

You’ve started writing but it’s a long way to the end of the first draft. We’ll get you there.

3

Edit & Pitch Your Novel

Great novels are made in the edit. We’ll help you get the best out of your novel and learn how to pitch to agents.

Expert teaching materials

Each course features teaching videos and substantial notes organised into six modules, specially written and produced by novelist, agent and CBC Director Anna Davis.

Writing tasks and support

Each week you’ll complete writing tasks designed by Anna and get feedback from your writing community of fellow students in group discussions, moderated by us. Weekly messages from Anna and our CBC team readers will reinforce the lessons.





Our current courses

Writing Your Novel – Three Months

Writing Your Novel – Three Months

Writing YA & Children’s Fiction

Writing Your Novel – Three Months

Writing Your Novel – Three Months

Writing Your Novel – Six Months

Writing Your Novel – Six Months

Writing Your Novel – Six Months

Writing an Original TV Drama Serial

Writing Your Memoir – Three Months