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. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Are you brand new to 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.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £36.00
  2. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 6 other dates)

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

    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
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    93% of 100
  3. Creative writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 30 Mar 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Give creative writing a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  4. Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £52.00
  5. Ways into creative writing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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 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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  6. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (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 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
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  7. Developing your creative writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 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
    Rating:
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