One of the things I regularly get asked for is if I know of creative writing courses, schools or classes in London. Having had a quick search around, they aren’t always as easy to find as you’d expect. So here are some I’ve found – you’ll need to visit the individual sites to find one that feels right for you. Most FE colleges also do creative writing courses but there are so many and I have no idea if any are good, so this list is private companies only. Let me know if you’ve found a particularly good one.

The Complete Creative Writing Course

Started in 1998, blocks (6-8 weeks) of creative writing courses focused on different levels and genres (writing for children, screenwriting. With a range of times and days, most courses are 3 hour sessions held at the Groucho Club.

The Writers’ Workshop

One-day intensive workshops in Oxford and London. Courses include editing, writing from life, writing a novel and screenwriting, plus a tutor/mentor based course.

Euphoric Ink

Full weekend playwriting courses and consultancy taught by a former head of the Royal Court’s new writers programme.

London School of Journalism

Evening and daytime creative writing classes by genre (e.g. romantic novels, thrillers, poetry ) and mentoring. Classes last a term or half academic year.

Anne Aylor Creative Writing Courses

8-10 week courses, intensive weekend and week-long courses for beginners through to masterclasses centred on timed exercises.

Creative Writes

Short series of evening/weekend writing classes based on freewriting, with a focus on actually writing in individual and group exercises without feedback.

London Writing Workshops

One and two day and weekend workshops. Classes include narrative, short stories, and writing people & places.

Real Writing

10 week courses and in fiction, redrafting and playwriting for all levels and abilities

The Gestalt Centre

Based on Freefall writing, 2-day weekend courses for participants who would like to learn a Gestalt based approach to creative writing or those interested in using writing in a therapeutic way or setting.

N Quentin Woolf

4-10 week courses for beginners (The Saturday Write), mentored writing for emerging writers, theatre courses, and critique groups for semi/pro writers in Central London.

Cecily Bomberg

7-week courses of 3.5 hour sessions in a supportive environment.

Faber & Faber Academy

One-day to six month courses focusing on various levels and genres.

The Poetry School

Various types and levels of class based on poetry.

London Writers Workshop

One-day workshops and short series of classes including basic and intermediate skills, short stories, science fiction and scriptwriting.

What have I missed? Please let me know about any more classes you know of in the comments.