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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  1. Writing fantasy stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In the quest to write fantasy fiction, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Whether you've spent the last eight years binge-watching Game of Thrones or favoured the Earthsea trilogy over revision text books in your teenage years, this fun short course offers the perfect introduction for those with a passion for writing fantasy stories.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  2. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020 (and 5 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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  3. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing poetry and prose.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 new 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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit day workshop all about writing fairytales. The quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.

    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. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Oct 2020
    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

  7. Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images

    Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Photographs are often used as inspiration for writing, but what if you want to include them in your stories? This course will focus on how to blend the visual element of photography with the textual element of writing to create compelling 'photo-fiction.'.

    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. Theme focus: writing race and ethnicity

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What does it mean to write race and ethncity in a sensitive and compelling way? This course will course will support students to write into their own race and ethnicity with greater creativity and confidence, as well as learning some of the challenges and ethics of writing outside their own lived experience.



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    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  9. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Where does terror begin? This fun workshop explores the core elements of the horror genre so you can walk in the footsteps of writers like Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King.

    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

  10. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Oct 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive short course online. 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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  11. Self-publishing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  12. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020 (and 2 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 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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  14. How to get an agent

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive workshop offers students insider, need-to-know information on securing a literary agent.

    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. How to make a living from your writing

    How to make a living from your writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Nov 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 ‘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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