Academic writing

Academic Writing Courses Online & in London

Going back to university or college and need a refresher on how to tackle an essay or start an assignment? Be inspired to write at the college where Andrea Levy, Malorie Blackman, Anna Burns, and other celebrated authors studied.

Our academic writing courses take place at a variety of times and days, and are the perfect way to get a head-start or brush up your skills. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Advanced academic writing: year 3 undergraduate and beyond
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  2. How to write your PhD research proposal
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anne Wilson
    Preparing a research proposal for a PhD? This course covers the process of researching and articulating the questions that will make your proposal stand out.



    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 £35.00
  3. Writing an academic essay
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sinead Keegan
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A level and access courses or undergraduates.



    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 £50.00
  4. The art of the dissertation
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anne Wilson
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? In this workshop, you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.



    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 £35.00
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  5. Academic writing: first steps
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anne Wilson
    Learn the basics of the academic approach to writing, including how to change your own style so that it fits this essential register for university students and researchers.



    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 £35.00

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