A taste of creative writing

Course Dates: 17/04/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Online

Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive online short course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination. Please note: this course has a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

In this beginners’ course, you'll experiment with different forms of creative writing and try out your skills in a friendly and supportive online environment. You'll be encouraged to unlock your imagination and think like a writer. You'll learn new ways of looking at creative writing, and you’ll start to give and receive constructive critical feedback.

Students say: "Inventive, fun, helpful, engaging"; "A supportive and friendly environment"; "Good mix of lecture, group discussion & individual work"; "The day flew past - it was enjoyable, thought-provoking, and has given me a lot of confidence to keep going.".

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Writing exercises will help you to discover stories and poems in your imagination and in your life – and to write them. There will be group discussion of the work that you and your fellow-students have written, and suggestions for your way forward.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Write from your imagination, in ways that will make your reader want more
- Write honestly and entertainingly about your life
- Respond with sensitivity and insight to the work of other students
- Demonstrate an understanding of what you may expect from creative writing classes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners' course for those who have not tried creative writing classes before. You'll need basic written English skills to benefit from it.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn through writing exercises, discussion and interactive tutor presentations.

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.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your own writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to join one of the Ways into Creative Writing courses on offer every term at City Lit, or join another taster course on a particular topic - for example, Screenwriting or Writing for Children.

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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Difficult to imagine a better introduction to creative writing
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2020)
Go fo it! You have nothing to lose but insight to gain.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 23/01/2020)
A great course. I learned so much and it helped with my confidence in writing fiction. I was inspired to keep writing.
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Review by DJ Marshall / (Posted on 20/01/2020)
This is a ‘feel good course’ for those of us who want to explore creative writing!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/01/2020)
Try it you will be surprised a great beginnings guide to short fiction
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/01/2020)
Great fun and some very useful activities to get you writing. Don't worry if you are completely new to creative writing: I was and I really enjoyed the day
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Review by Sue / (Posted on 18/01/2020)
Great encouraging environment to try out creative writing.
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Review by JW / (Posted on 07/12/2019)
Great way to get started with writing
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Review by Will / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
This is a great introduction to writing skills - glad I did it.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/11/2019)
This was a packed day. The tutor had planned a day filled with writing tasks, structured to encourage, stretch and motivate the students.
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Review by Barbara / (Posted on 09/11/2019)
I would strongly recommend this course if you are thinking about creative writing but don't know where to start or are unsure if this is for you. Doing this course has encouraged me to think about pursuing further courses in creative writing
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Review by Sean O'Sullivan / (Posted on 30/10/2019)
It was a good introductory course and the teaching was helpful, thorough and supportive. I enjoyed the various exercises and found myself challenged and inspired.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 26/10/2019)
A good way in
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Review by Yv UK / (Posted on 15/07/2019)
Excellent course for those like me who have thought about writing but always found excuses not to get started. I was worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write about but once I got started I found it easy. The different exercises were really helpful and the tutor was very supportive.
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Review by Linda / (Posted on 14/07/2019)
Have a go!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/07/2019)
definitely give it a try to discover something new and engage in your individual creativity and style.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/06/2019)
You’ll surprise yourself- you can write
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Review by Cayteye / (Posted on 08/06/2019)
Fabulous facilities and excellent teacher. Participants of this course were all really of a much higher standard than I’d imagined.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/05/2019)
Excellent taster course, with well informed teacher. Barbara engaged all the class and made learning fun.
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Review by Maureen / (Posted on 17/03/2019)
I was nervous to attend but the course and tutor was great and I really enjoyed the day. The course is a good pace, well structured, suitable for beginners and I felt comfortable sharing and receiving feedback.

I have already signed up for another Creative Writing course at City Lit!
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Review by Cat / (Posted on 19/01/2019)
Did you know that adverbs are bad when you write a story? A must do course even if you do not want to be a writer. It picks your brain, your interest and is well taught!
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Review by NA / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
Really useful to dip your toe into the world of creative writing and get used to sharing your work with others.

On my taster day we explored three different approaches to creative writing - creative non-fiction, (very!) short stories and poetry. Everyone had the chance to share and receive feedback and consider how they want to take their writing forward, if they wished.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/11/2018)
Do it! It is well paced and helpful.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/10/2018)
Jam packed from start to finish. By the end of the day you will have produced many varied pieces of writing and be quite surprised at what you have accomplished. I loved this course and I can only say it's down to [the tutor] and her marvellous and thorough itinerary.
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Review by Z / (Posted on 20/02/2017)
Jam packed from start to finish. By the end of the day you will have produced many varied pieces of writing and be quite surprised at what you have accomplished. I loved this course and I can only say it's down to [the tutor] and her marvellous and thorough itinerary.
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Review by Z / (Posted on 19/06/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Sophie McKenzie

A former journalist, Sophie McKenzie attended a writing class at City Lit in 2003 and has been writing fiction ever since. She has published over 25 books - including award-winning teen thrillers and crime fiction novels for adults. She is currently writing a new story featuring several strong female characters and working on a drama script for a TV production company.

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.

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Course Code: HW075

Please choose a course date 

Sat, day, 17 Apr - 17 Apr '21

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £28.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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