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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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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. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 18 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a short story from beginning to end in four days.

    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: a taster

    Creative non-fiction: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you had experiences that will move, delight or entertain readers? This taster session in creative-non fiction explores approaches to capturing your most poignant moments and crafting them into inspiring pieces of literature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This short, fun workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    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

  4. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online


    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

  5. Ways into screenwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.

    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

  6. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Autobiographical writing

    Autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you already have some experience of writing in the autobiographical genre? Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, this term-long course explores how to ensure your work is both evocative and powerful. Diaries, dreams, memories and fantasy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  8. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, 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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  9. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: 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.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the scope of human experience through the lens of LGBT+ writers, and learn from them the fundamentals of writing compelling fiction. This fortnightly intermediate course combines reading and analysis of key queer texts with practical writing exercises. Suitable for all those with some creative writing experience and an interest in queer perspectives in 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

  11. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance. Includes an invitation to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The current deadline for applications is Thursday 13th of August 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  12. Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)

    Masterclass: fiction (a year-long workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive three-term fiction workshop is open by selective application and interview to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. Please note: the deadline for applications is Sunday 30 August 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Sunday 6 September 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £879.00
    Senior fee: £879.00
    Concession: £879.00

  13. Reading for children's writers

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore recently published successful books for children, mainly by UK authors, and produce your own writing inspired by them. The course will cover pictures books, middle grade and young adult. You can choose to read for all ages or focus on one.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  14. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  15. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £389.00
    Concession: £156.00

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