Writing Courses in London and Online

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.

You can now study from the comfort of your own home on our new range of interactive online courses whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. The benefits of our online writing courses include expert tuition from a published author and feedback on your work as you develop your writing skills. There will also be opportunities to participate in group discussions and activities with fellow students.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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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. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Creative non-fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This short introductory course explores the core elements of creative non-fiction across genres such as travel writing, the personal essay and life writing. On this course you will start to produce your own works of creative non-fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Beat writer’s block

    Beat writer’s block

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A course for anyone who has started a project and lost their way, run out of momentum or found themselves staring at a blank page and wondering where the fun of writing went.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Travel writing workshop

    Travel writing workshop

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to write about places you've visited or the people you met there who inspired you? This course explores how to write about travel experiences in personal blogs, magazines or books. Learn how to get a commission and rack up bylines. Receive practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Craft focus: how to edit your story (fiction and non-fiction)

    Craft focus: how to edit your story (fiction and non-fiction)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Editing is an essential skill for any writer. Learn the different types of editing process and how to polish your own prose in this workshop for writers who are ready to find a readership for their work. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Craft focus: writing a strong story opening

    Craft focus: writing a strong story opening

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    To get your reader’s attention, a great opening is essential. But do you pique their interest with a quirky phrase? Explode your story into action? Or build slow-burning intrigue? Find the perfect start for your story with this fun, interactive course. Suitable for those interested in writing short fiction and novels.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  7. Playwriting: an introduction

    Playwriting: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Course Date: Mon 3 Aug 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Got a passion, a journey or an obsession to share? Blogging is the perfect medium through which to share your interests with the world. This online workshop teaches the essential skills required to write blogposts that will resonate.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Creating your author platform online

    Creating your author platform online

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 3 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. On this one-day workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Screenwriting for feature film

    Screenwriting for feature film

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a screenplay? How is it different from theatre, radio or prose? Learn the basics of the craft and develop a script of your own in this creative and analytical workshop.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Ways into creative writing: intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive online environment alongside other beginners? This faster-pace short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Online poetry intensive masterclass

    Course Date: Thu 6 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This advanced day workshop explores approaches and workshopping techniques designed to enrich your poetry and ensure it resonates with readers at a deeper level.

    Please note: if you would like to offer a poem of your own for critique during this class, you will need to submit it to writing@citylit.ac.uk by Friday 31st of July. You may submit one poem. The poem should not exceed 30 lines.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. Story grab: fun ways to express your creativity through writing

    Course Date: Fri 7 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the joy of creative writing! Leave stress and worry at the door and find new ways to express your creativity on this fun, dynamic and supportive course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. How to write a novel

    How to write a novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course deals with all aspects of novel writing technique and prose style. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with a novel at early draft stage.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  15. Picture book writing: a taster

    Picture book writing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This taster course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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