Online Writing Courses

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.

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. Submitting your short stories to magazines

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a fast-track course to help you hone and prepare your short stories for submission to magazines and publishers.

    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

  2. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. Self-publishing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.

    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. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.

    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. Writing environmental essays and features

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Anxious about the environment? Writing could help. This lively course will inspire ideas and help you turn them into stories for magazines, blogs and newsletters - all to effect change.

    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. How to make a living from your writing

    How to make a living from your writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to know how you can maximise your income from your writing projects? This fast-paced short course guides students through tried-and-tested approaches to making a living from their craft.

    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. Journaling: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This inspiring workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.

    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

  8. Writing YA fiction: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    With so many Young Adult bestsellers topping fiction lists and becoming blockbuster movies, YA fiction has a higher profile than ever before. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.

    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. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.

    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

  10. Writing historical fiction

    Writing historical fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Is there a historical event, or maybe even in a period in time that you think is rich in great stories? Ever wondered how writers like Hillary Mantel, Phillipa Gregory and C.J. Sansom do it? Dig into the past for inspiration on this course and learn how to create historical fiction that speaks vividly to its period and to a contemporary readership.

    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. Local history writing

    Local history writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    On this inspiring new short course students will learn how to write local history books, booklets and features. Local history covers a broad spectrum of topics but writers in this area are often interested in penning volumes about their family, their home town, the street they live in, the places they love, know well or grew up in, from old buildings to parks, markets and beyond.

    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. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Already devised a cunning plan for your own fairytale? This fun workshop coaches students on how to add an extra dash of magic into the cauldron while writing in the fairytale genre.

    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. Television screenwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series one day? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical short course. Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre in a fun and supportive environment.

    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

  14. Craft focus: narrative time in fiction

    Craft focus: narrative time in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    All fiction is bound by time: a story must begin and it must end. What happens in between is up to the writer. In this practical short course learn how time functions in fiction and, through practical writing exercises, how you can manipulate it to great effect. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience. Please note: this course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.

    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 29 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Find out more about writing a picture book text in this short, practical and interactive taster session.

    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

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