Writing

Online Writing Courses & Workshops

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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live 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.

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

Our tutors are published authors and experts in their field. Learn about their recent accomplishments.

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. Book blogging and reviewing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Goll
    Want to write about books? This short course will get you started on you path to becoming a book reviewer or blogger.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  2. World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mary Victoria
    Learn how to build worlds that lend your fantasy or speculative fiction credibility, richness and the kind of depth that leaves readers wanting more.



    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
  3. Writing the family
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nick Barlay
    Tackle the challenges of writing about family life in this thought-provoking workshop about how to craft personal stories into an engaging narrative.



    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
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  4. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022 (and 12 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Tasha Kavanagh
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive 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.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  5. Ways into poetry: an introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Billie Manning
    Are you just starting to write poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £44.00
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  6. Writing for children: a taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in this practical and interactive short course. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.



    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
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  7. Creative non-fiction: an introduction
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
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  8. Ways into interviewing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Susan Grossman
    Want to get people to spill the beans? This fascinating taster explores the core elements of interviewing and getting quotes to enhance your writing or storytelling.



    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
  9. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022 (and 14 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Tasha Kavanagh
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join this introductory course. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
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  10. Writing the personal: autobiographical theatre
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Brian Mullin
    Learn how to select and shape your own life experiences into a dynamic text for live performance on this supportive online course. 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  11. Beat writer’s block
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Kate Smurthwaite
    A one day 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  12. Advanced academic writing: year 3 undergraduate and beyond
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Anne Wilson
    Explore the building blocks and strategies for good academic writing at postgraduate level. Ideal for those studying or contemplating academic writing beyond undergraduate studies.



    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
  13. Craft focus: how to edit your novel
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Sarah Leipciger
    As the saying goes: books aren't written - they're rewritten. Learn the different ways into the editing process and how to polish your novel in this short course for writers ready to find a readership.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
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  14. Writing for blogs: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lorna V
    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 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
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  15. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 11 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100

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