Introductory and general creative writing courses

Online Creative Writing & Beginners 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. Ways into creative writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (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
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Writing fantasy stories
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Build fantastical worlds, fill them with compelling characters and learn how to structure innovative plotlines in this perfect introduction for those with a passion for fantasy.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  3. Developing your creative writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  5. The 60 minute writer
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £72.00
  7. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  8. Late Lines: an evening of spoken word with City Lit writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us for a special online edition of City Lit’s Late Lines – an evening of spoken word in celebration of the Mental Wealth Festival.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  9. Developing your fairytale
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021

    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  10. Mental fitness: using fiction writing to exercise the mind
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    'Mental Fitness' will provide attendees with fiction writing exercises to help deal with the all too present mental health issues of daily life. The session will be lead by Playwright and Actor Christopher York. We will arm participants with creative methods of unpacking daily demons without any pressure. Inspired by Pixar's model of using story-telling to answer bigger questions, the session will be relaxed and an escape from the monotony and claustrophobia of the last 18 months. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  11. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Oct 2021

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Theme focus: writing race and ethnicity
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the exciting potential and challenges of writing race and ethnicity in your fiction and poetry in this short course. Learn about how theme functions in creative writing and how to make your writing on race and ethnicity dynamic and nuanced.



    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
  14. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    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
    Rating:
    60% of 100
  15. Self-publishing: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to keep full creative control of your writing project? Learn more about self-publishing and how to give your book (poetry, fiction or non-fiction) the best chance of achieving high sales.



    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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