Writing Courses in London

Learn to write stories, articles and poetry in the same college where big names in literature such as Dylan Thomas, Andrea Levy and Malorie Blackman have trained or taught. Our short writing courses take place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends, and are suitable for all levels - whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

City Lit's writing students frequently go on to further study or publication. Read their success stories

Students are warmly encouraged to send in their work to be considered for inclusion in Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing.

We're delighted to announce City Lit’s Malorie Blackman Scholarships for 'Unheard Voices', providing three annual awards worth up to £1000 each, to fund one year’s study within the Creative Writing department at City Lit. Learn more >

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  1. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  3. Writing fiction

    Writing fiction

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. Creative non-fiction

    Creative non-fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  6. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to write for the screen with this online introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  8. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  9. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  10. The art of the sentence: grammar and style for creative writers

    The art of the sentence: grammar and style for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  11. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on this fun and supportive online short course covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through online guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  13. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  14. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography (including fictionalised work or poetry). Close attention to your work, exploration of techniques and discussion of relevant issues. Suitable for students who have an ongoing project and may have attended autobiographical writing courses.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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