Advanced fiction writing workshop

Course Dates: 22/04/21 - 01/07/21
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: Online

For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.

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?

This is a supportive but rigorous workshop for experienced writers, ideal for those who have completed beginner or intermediate fiction writing courses. Students' work will be discussed and critiqued, and you will benefit from an in-depth exploration of approaches to writing and revising fiction. All forms of fiction writing - long or short - are supported on this course.

Students say: "The atmosphere was open, critical, but friendly and helpful"; "Rigorous and incredibly useful feedback from the tutor and the class"; "Outstanding teaching and genuine warmth and constructive criticism"; "I received useful, actionable feedback on my writing.".

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?

- Constructive workshopping of student short stories and novel excerpts
- Craft issues, which will usually arise through workshopping, such as character, point of view, pacing, structure and style
- The process of revision.

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

- Assess and respond to pieces of writing with acumen and sensitivity
- Identify the basic issues involved in writing fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, etc.
- Apply your critical and editorial skills to your own work
- Produce submissions for comment on a regular basis.

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

The course is aimed at experienced writers who have previously attended writing courses and who have some years' experience of creative writing. You will need to be an enthusiastic reader who enjoys critical engagement with others' prose. Suitable only for those with reading and writing fluency in English.

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

Through discussion, peer evaluation and tutor feedback. You will be expected to read your peers' workshop submissions closely at home and to provide them with constructive written feedback that will then be shared in class.

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?

You may be asked to provide photocopies of your work for discussion. Your tutor will confirm the expectations for workshop logistics in the first session. Please bring writing materials. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet for use during workshop if it helps you.

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

You are welcome to enrol on another term of Advanced fiction writing workshop, though we recommend you do so with another tutor for a fresh approach. If you feel ready to progress, you can apply to enrol on one of our fiction writing Masterclasses. Please see the website for further details regarding Masterclass: fiction workshop.

Our Craft Focus series is also available to writers who wish to focus on an isolated element of fiction writing craft. We offer short intensive courses in developing character, plot, setting, point of view, and more. See our website or contact the department for advice on how you can develop a programme of fiction writing study.

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.

Great class to push your writing and feedback skills
This is a great class for experienced writers who are looking to workshop their short stories, novellas or novels and get in-depth feedback from the tutor and other class participants. Work is shared a few days before class to give everyone time to read and prepare comments. A really good class for any writer ready to push themselves. 
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/12/2019)
Highly recommended
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/12/2019)
Great course on writing taught by an expert where we learnt an array of skills to improve our own creative writing.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
If you are in the throes of writing a novel this course can provide you with valuable feedback.
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Review by VoniRae / (Posted on 12/07/2019)
This course is only for writers who have experience giving and receiving criticism. It's a lot of hard work, and you only get out what you put in.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/07/2019)
This will improve your first chapters
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/07/2019)
This was an excellent course. The tutor was very knowledgeable and had a nice, calm, friendly manner which helped the feedback sessions to be very productive. It was a great experience and I'd thoroughly recommend the course to anyone who is in the process of writing a novel or other substantial piece of fiction.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/07/2019)
This is a brilliant class for writers who are serious about creative writing, and who already understand how a critical workshop runs.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/07/2019)
that it's a helpful and challenging one.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/07/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Livia Franchini

Livia Franchini is a writer and translator from Tuscany, Italy. Selected publications include The Quietus, 3:AM, The White Review, LESTE, Hotel and the anthologies On Bodies (3 of Cups) and Wretched Strangers (Boiler House). Livia has translated Natalia Ginzburg, James Tiptree Jr. and Michael Donaghy among many others and is one of the writers-in-residence for the CELA project, which will see her work translated in 6 languages. Livia coordinates The Goldsmiths Prize for fiction and is one of the founding members of FILL - Festival of Italian Literature in London, where she is working towards a PhD on experimental women’s writing. Her debut novel SHELF LIFE will be published by Doubleday in 2019.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: HW457

Thu, eve, 22 Apr - 01 Jul '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £219.00
Senior fee: £219.00
Concession: £88.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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