ONLINE On-demand Short Course: Starting to Write

with William Gallagher

On-demand 5 session course, fully available after purchase to work through at your leisure.


Join us in our virtual classroom for a five session short course you can follow at your own pace.

Run by William Gallagher, who has led short courses for Writing West Midlands for many years, we’ll look at both the creative and the practical aspects of writing novels, short stories and scripts. You’ll create characters, plan plots and think about 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 how to juggle your writing alongside all the other commitments in your life. Find out how to get started, how to keep going and then how to finish.

The course will be self-led, so you can follow along according to your own schedule. The online software is simple and easy to navigate, and you can pause and come back to it as often as you wish. The teaching is a mix of video, written information and instructions, and writing challenges for you to complete.

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.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you do not complete the course. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses (online and in-person) are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

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20 May 2022