Introductory & General Creative Writing Courses in London and Online

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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To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

  1. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020 (and 3 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 ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. How to impress a publisher

    How to impress a publisher

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Ways into creative writing: intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive online environment alongside other beginners? This faster-pace short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Jun 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive online short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Fri 5 Jun 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive online 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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jun 2020
    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 ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. How to make a living from your writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 16 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to know how you can maximise the income your receive 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 ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Creating your author platform online

    Creating your author platform online

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    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

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