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SOLD OUT Short Course: Starting to Write (Prose & Scripts)

September 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Wednesdays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, on 11, 18 & 25 September, and 2 & 9 October 2019

Birmingham & Midland Institute


A five-week short course on both the creative and the practical aspects of writing novels, short stories and scripts.

You’ll create characters, plan plots and discuss dialogue as you write from scratch or develop work you’ve already begun.

At the same time you’ll learn about what publishers need and why – plus the essentials you need to know for self-publishing.

Then you’ll also find out exactly how to juggle your writing alongside all the other commitments in your life: how to get started, how to keep going and then how to finish.

This course is open to all abilities, particularly those new to writing, or new to writing prose and scripts.



William Gallagher is Deputy Chair of the Writers’ Guild. He runs the Room 204 Buddying Programme, writes Doctor Who radio dramas and is the author of 19 non-fiction books including the British Film Institute’s BFI TV Classics: The Beiderbecke Affair. His first collection of short stories is due to be published in 2019. He once had afternoon tea on a Russian nuclear submarine and regrets calling the place a dive.


Course dates:

Wednesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 11, 18 & 25 September, and 2 & 9 October 2019

Tea & coffee available (donations welcome) from 6pm in the Members’ Lounge.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

Presented in partnership with the Birmingham & Midland Institute.


Birmingham and Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, B3 3BS United Kingdom


Writing West Midlands