Starting to Write (short course)

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Why study this course?

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.

More about this course

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 an idea from the start
  • develop writing confidence in a supportive, encouraging environment

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course is aimed at beginners and those who have an interest in writing, whether that is just for pleasure or for professional development. 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.

Course structure

Week one: How to get started and overcome the common obstacles of time, discipline and self-confidence. There will be some light-hearted exercises to help you think about what you want to write, when and how. We'll also provide an explanation of workshop structure and why critical reading/watching other works is key to writing.

Week two: Starting out: first lines and first pages. You'll learn how to develop a voice and an idea.

Week three: We'll look at some of the most famous short story writers and styles, and take first steps in prose writing.

Week four: Focus will be on short script in film and radio drama. You'll look at prize-winning short films, including advertising. You'll also take first steps in scriptwriting, learning about what is dialogue and how to write it.

Week five: Exploration of three-act structure, namely how to plot and build a story. You'll learn about structuing beginnings, middles and endings, as well as how to use a beatsheet.

Week six: Developing characters, where to find them, how to write them and how to make them real.

Week seven: Exploring narration and description, including how the teller of your story affects it and 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: In the final week you'll present your final stories. We'll also take suggestions for where to go next in terms of courses, competitions and publishing.

Course dates

Course Dates Autumn dates will be confirmed in August
Length One evening for 10 sessions
Day and time Thursday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Maximum class size 20
Contact hours 20


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

The cost of materials is included in the course fee.

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.