Introductory & General Creative Writing Courses in London

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 myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Writing forum 2019: Rising voices – diversity on the page

    Writing forum 2019: Rising voices – diversity on the page

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It's an exciting time to be a reader and writer as so many more voices and stories are finding their way to the page. Join the Writing department this November for a special one-off forum where we will explore and celebrate diversity in contemporary writing. Keynote speaker: Kit de Waal.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019 (and 9 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

  4. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Writing fantasy stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. The art of the sentence: grammar and style for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? This course is designed to help you tap into your creativity and find your unique writing voice. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing who identify as having dyslexia.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 11 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  10. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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

  11. How to impress a publisher

    How to impress a publisher

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

  12. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Are you brand new to writing 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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  14. Writing strong women (in celebration of International Women's Day)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate strong women on International Women's Day with this one-off session on how to create your own, powerful fictional females.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Craft talks series

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 13 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Craft Talks Series invites experienced writers to share elements of their writing craft. Learn how they navigate the world of writing, from working with diverse subject matter, to honing writing techniques, to living the highs and lows of the writing life. There will be wisdom, practical exercises, and an opportunity to hear these writers read from their work and answer your questions. Check back for details of our first Craft Talk writer soon!
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

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