Introductory and general creative writing courses

Online Creative Writing & Beginners 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.

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  1. Late Lines: an evening of spoken word with City Lit writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us for a special online edition of City Lit’s Late Lines – an evening of spoken word in celebration of the Mental Wealth Festival.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. Mental fitness: using fiction writing to exercise the mind
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    'Mental Fitness' will provide attendees with fiction writing exercises to help deal with the all too present mental health issues of daily life. The session will be lead by Playwright and Actor Christopher York. We will arm participants with creative methods of unpacking daily demons without any pressure. Inspired by Pixar's model of using story-telling to answer bigger questions, the session will be relaxed and an escape from the monotony and claustrophobia of the last 18 months. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    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 £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive short course online. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.



    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. Self-publishing: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to keep full creative control of your writing project? Learn more about self-publishing and how to give your book (poetry, fiction or non-fiction) the best chance of achieving high sales.



    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
  5. Creating your author platform online
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. On this practical and interactive course, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.



    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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  6. Nature writing - in collaboration with the British Library
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the ‘new’ nature writing in this short online course, developed in collaboration with the British Library.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £8.00
  7. Creative writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  8. Writing your mental health story
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From journaling to blogging, personal essays to memoir books, writing your mental story can be a powerful tool for personal and public change. This interactive workshop takes you through the steps and provides a structure for a first-person account written by you. This can be for your own personal healing journey or form the basis for publication when you feel ready. There will be an opportunity to share a sample of your writing within a safe, supportive group and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of making your story public, writing under a pseudonym, or writing for yourself. Please note this workshop is not suitable for those currently experiencing severe mental health difficulties. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00

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