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Writing courses guide

Plan your literary year with our definitive listing of courses, workshops and retreats for 2016. Whether you prefer big name workshops talks or a personal retreat, find the right event for you here.


Anne Aylor Creative Writing

Various venues in London

David Wilson, 46 Beversbrook Road, London N19 4QH; 0207 263 0669

Events: Short courses, weekly sessions: 7 Jan-10 Mar: So you want to write a novel; 14 Mar-16 May: Creative writing for fact or fi ction. Weekend course: Starting to Write, spring, TBC.

Chalk the Sun Creative Writing

Year-round courses, workshops and events for writers, in and around SW London

Ardella Jones, Chalk the Sun, PO Box 67647, London SW19 4FA; 07852 483001

Events: Monthly Writers’ Room workshops: 9 Jan: Kick Start Your Creativity; 6 Feb: Creative Special; 5 March: Poetry Special; Novelists’ Survival Group: 1 Feb: Story and Theme Special. All workshops £30 for a taster.

Complete Creative Writing Course

A range of courses for a range of levels of writing, various times and days, all held at The Groucho Club, Soho, or The New Cavendish Club, Marble Arch, London W1

Maggie Hamand, Complete Creative Writing Courses, 82 Forest Road, London E8 3BH

Events: six 3-hour sessions on creative writing. Courses include: Original Course, starts 23, 25 and 26 Jan; Intermediate Course, from 18 and 23 Jan; Advanced Course, from 23 Jan (£325).

• Further series of courses begin in Apr and Oct. There are also weekend workshops and intensive full-day summer workshops, TBC.

Chris Leonard Writing

Creative writing workshops and writing days, various times, days and venues

Events: 14-18 Mar: Creative writing break at Ashburnham Place, East Sussex; 13-17 Jun: Times of Selah Writing retreat based around ‘another way of seeing’ at High Leigh Conference Centre, Herts; 24-28 Oct: Creative arts break, with writing on two days and music or art on the third, Ashburnham Place, East Sussex.

Faber Academy

Extensive programme of weekly courses, weekend workshops and day events, all year round, now with some online courses

Faber Academy, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA; 0207 927 3868

Events: 26 Jan: Writing a Novel, Shelley Weiner (6 mnths, £4,000); 30 Jan, 27 Feb, 2 Apr: Start to write, Richard Skinner (1 day course, £75); 1 Feb: Memoir and Life Writing, Julia Blackburn (12 wks, £995); 2 Feb: Getting Started (beginners’ fiction), Sue Gee (12 wks, £995); 4 Feb: Write Better (intermediate fiction), Rowan Coleman (12 wks, £995); online courses: 25 Jan: Getting Started: Beginners fiction, Helen Shipman (8 wks, £300); 27 Jan: Writing a Novel: the First 15,000 words, Tom Bromley (28 wks, £1,400).

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Year-round workshops

Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire GU34 1SD 01420 83262, Isabel Snowden

Events: 21 May: Bullies, Snobs and Heroes –Compelling Characters in Action, £45.

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