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. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already devised a cunning plan for your own fairytale? This fun day workshop coaches students on how to add an extra dash of magic into the cauldron while writing in the fairytale genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Writing skills for creative writers

    Writing skills for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  3. Ways into creative writing

    Ways into creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 17 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

  4. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 6 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

  5. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (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

  6. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 13 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

  7. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.'.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019 (and 10 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

  10. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where does terror begin? This fun day 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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Photo by João Silas on Unsplash

    Self-publishing: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Creating your author platform online

    Creating your author platform online

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    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

  13. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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

  14. 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

  15. Images from City Lit's 2017 Writing Forum

    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 September for a special one-off forum where we will explore and celebrate diversity in contemporary writing. We've got some very special guests lined up to help us navigate our theme through talks, panel discussion, and a practical writing exercise. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A. Watch this space to find out who our guest speakers are…!
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £25.00

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