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.

City Lit's writing students frequently go on to further study or publication. Read their success stories here.

For the latest news, courses, events and competitions, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

  1. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try over six fun sessions covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun, inspiring day workshop explores the many sources of inspiration available to writers in their everyday lives.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. The City Lit festival of writing

    The City Lit festival of writing

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for an inspiring day of talks, readings and panels from authors, poets and publishing industry insiders, on the theme of writing for the 21st century.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  4. Exploring creativity: from words to stories

    Exploring creativity: from words to stories

    Course Date: Sun 10 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Escape the constraints of the logical mind through creative games with writing and imagination. Give yourself permission to play and generate raw material for your art on this stimulating one-day course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018 (and 2 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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
    Concession: £24.00

Can't see a course you want?

Add this category to your waiting list to set up alerts and we will update you when new courses are released online.

Add to your waiting list