Press Release: Start a new chapter: Discover your creativity with West Dean’s Creative Writing Courses

Embark on a literary journey with West Dean's series of Creative Writing courses based at their new Bloomsbury London Campus. Whether you're delving into the world of short stories, crime fiction, picture books, memoirs, or seeking guidance on submitting your novel to agents and publishers, West Dean's diverse courses cater to all facets of writing. See all West Dean’s Bloomsbury Creative Writing courses and start your next chapter at

Novice or published novelist, a course in creative writing can be the perfect way to develop your craft. West Dean’s creative writing courses will provide you with access to award winning novelists who can provide constructive feedback, share industry insights, and guide you through the creative process. You will have the opportunity to explore different aspects of creative writing and experiment with genres, styles, or writing techniques. It’s a chance to broaden your creative horizons and learn a new set of skills!

Creative writing courses are a great way to overcome writers block, the courses can provide you with inspiration, prompts and a new way of thinking about your work. You’ll also have the chance to connect with fellow writers, sharing ideas and discussing working in a collaborative environment.

Whether you want to know more about immersing the reader in a vivid story world or submitting your novel to agents and publishers West Dean’s Bloomsbury short courses offer you the chance to learn more about every stage of the writing process. Why not dip your toe in the water with a series of evening courses by author Greg Mosse on How to self-edit your novel, starting with The Set-up (9 May), looking at Drama and the Plot (23 May) and finishing with The complete skill set (6 June 2024). If you are short on time, explore how to develop and structure A novel in a day (27 April) from plot and characters, to suspense and clever endings, this is the perfect introduction or inspiring refresher on novel writing.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to write down your life story, but don’t know how to start? Find out more about how to share your own lived experience with Katy Massey’s Memoir writing – ways to begin (4-5 July). You’ll discover more about how to choose the building blocks of your story, how to start it, how to use narrative arcs, and what to include and what to leave out.

There are a huge range of writing courses with something for everyone! Learn more about how picture books work and developing an engaging narrative with Writing picture books – an introduction (19 July), perfect the art of Writing the short story (16 May) or dive into the thrilling world of crime fiction writing and discover the secrets of developing gripping plots in Writing suspense in crime, thrillers and mysteries (25-26 May).

Join us at West Dean's Bloomsbury London Campus and embark on a literary adventure that will ignite your creativity and elevate your writing skills to new heights. With our diverse range of Creative Writing courses, led by industry professionals and award-winning novelists, you'll have the opportunity to explore, experiment, and refine your craft in a supportive and inspiring environment. Whether you're a novice seeking guidance or a seasoned writer looking to expand your repertoire, there's a course for you. Don't miss out on this chance to start your next chapter.

Visit our website to explore all our courses and begin your journey today! Find out more about all West Dean courses at or by calling 01243 818300.


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Located in the picturesque South Downs National Park, West Dean is an internationally recognized institution for arts, conservation, and creative education. With a rich heritage and stunning surroundings, it offers a unique environment for learning and creativity.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation was founded in 1971 by the poet and Surrealist patron, Edward James, recognised by BBC Arts as the ‘the greatest patron of art of the early 20th century’. The College is part of The Edward James Foundation (Charity No. 1126084), also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and West Dean Tapestry Studio.

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West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.


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