Introductory and general creative writing courses

Creative Writing Courses Online and in London

Learn from published authors in a relaxed and safe environment!

Fancy trying your hand at creative writing; or are you looking to take your passion for writing to the next level? If so, look no further than City Lit’s programme of creative writing courses and workshops.

Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours? At City Lit we can teach you the art of creative writing, including everything from the techniques authors use in developing characters, to creating compelling sub plots – we leave no page unturned. Our courses explore a range of literary forms too, including: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and so much more.

Online and classroom-based creative writing courses and workshops

To help you fit your studies around your busy life, you have the freedom to either learn online in the comfort of your own home, or in a classroom setting from our Central London location. Whatever course you choose, you'll be able to interact, participate, and discuss fascinating topics with fellow students in real time because all our online courses are taught live — just like being in the classroom.

Choosing a level that's right for you

Our courses are open to everyone. Whether you’re a beginner, a bit experienced, or advanced and eager to learn new techniques to improve. City Lit is the place to refine your creative writing. We even have courses that are suitable for everyone no matter what level you are.

Find your voice and nurture your creativity

It’s our goal to give you the confidence to truly express yourself. Our courses provide a safe space for you to find your voice and transform your writing from good to exceptional. We’ll show you how to critique other works and receive constructive critism – plus ways you can deal with the writer’s block.

By the end of your chosen creative writing course, you’ll be able to write critically, cohesively, and present your specialist knowledge. You’ll understand exactly how to put your thoughts and emotions onto paper. As you begin to recognise the mechanics of writing, your vocabulary will broaden, naturally improving your communication skills. 

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

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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.

Our tutors are published authors and experts in their field. Learn about their recent accomplishments.

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

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. 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
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  2. Developing your fairytale
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
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  3. Writing myths: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    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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  4. The 60 minute writer
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 7 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
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  5. Developing your creative writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    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
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  6. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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. Creative writing for social media
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this new course we will playfully scroll through short-form creative writing approaches, and bring together words, images, found sounds, mixed-media, cut-up and other processual techniques to publish our writing on social media. This course is open to both new and experienced writers.



    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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