Introductory & general creative writing courses

Give creative writing a try on our fun and supportive range of beginners' courses. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment with a range of forms and unlock your imagination. Weekday, evening and weekend time slots are available, so you're sure to find something that fits your schedule. All our creative writing tutors are published authors.

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  1. Make-a-zine workshop

    Make-a-zine workshop

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once a countercultural icon, the D-I-Y 'zine' (or small circulation publication) has since gone mainstream. In this fun course you'll explore the roots of zine culture, decide on a collective theme, and craft small pieces to make a zine together.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Young writers' summer workshop

    Young writers' summer workshop

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop welcomes writers aged 19-26 to participate in four energising sessions devoted to exploring writing craft, and sharing written work. Ideal if you're a poet and/or fiction writer who wants to improve your writing skills, receive feedback on work-in-progress, and network with other young writers in a supportive and creative environment.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Creative nature writing

    Creative nature writing

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy being in nature and want to capture that on the page? Learn how to write about the natural world in this fun course, which includes a short field trip into the urban 'wild' to provide inspiration for your poetry or prose.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Course Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit day workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00

  5. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  6. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join one of these introductory courses. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  7. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  8. Developing your creative writing: workshop

    Developing your creative writing: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This supportive workshop for writers with some experience will give you inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 13 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on this fun and supportive short course covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing voice while continuing to explore and experiment with different genres. Ideal if you have completed 'Ways into creative writing' or another introductory course.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018 (and 10 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Creating your author platform online

    Creating your author platform online

    Course Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. How to impress a publisher

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing political comedy

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Staying sane in the world of writing

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn your setbacks into comebacks on this course designed to help budding authors navigate the often lonely and frustrating world of writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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