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. Self-publishing: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  2. 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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  3. How to build a career around your writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Want to write but also build a sustainable career? This short course will help you know where to look for opportunities.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  4. How to impress a publisher
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A publishing insider offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  5. Writing women in the 21st century (in celebration of International Women's Day)
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Celebrate strong women for International Women's Day with this inclusive one-off session on how to create your own, powerful fictional women. Please note: this course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.



    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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