Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
Good copywriting skills are increasingly important. Whether you want to create your own website, write your company's sales literature, or are seeking work in advertising or marketing, this course will teach you how to succeed.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Writing copy for print and digital media.
- The differences long copy and short copy.
- Researching for a brief.
- Understanding the importance of audience.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of the different types of copy – web, print, long and short copy etc.
- Have a working knowledge of the basic principles of copywriting and be able to apply these to print and digital media.
- Know the importance of a good headline and how to set about writing one.
- Understand the importance of research and the value of a good brief.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have a good standard of English grammar and spelling. You don’t need to have had any copywriting experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Powerpoint slides will be used to demonstrate the basic principles of good copy and to illustrate examples of good and bad practice. Each session will include information and written exercises and class discussion with feedback after each section. There will be additional information online.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You won’t need any special equipment. You can work on laptops and tablets if you prefer, but for some exercises you may need paper or notebook and pencils or pens.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of business-related writing courses. Search 'business writing' on our website to find the perfect course to support your career.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Deborah Martin has been a content writer and communications specialist for 15 years. She has written for global brands, national publications and marketing agencies across the world. She is also a qualified further education lecturer and has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her short stories, poetry and essays have been featured in various collections. She was a finalist in both the Fish Short Memoir Prize 2018 and Poetry Rivals 2016.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.