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. Theme focus: writing sex, love, and sexuality
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 19 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made

    anew." -Ursula Le K. Guin. Learn how to write compelling representations of all kinds of love, sex, and sexuality on this supportive course designed to support those writing in any creative form.

    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
  2. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive online short 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. Please note: this course has 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
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Self-publishing: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    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
  4. Writing and rewriting fairytales
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Once upon a time there was a City Lit workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.

    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Creating your author platform online
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. In this workshop, 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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  6. Ways into creative writing: intensive
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you brand new to creative writing? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive online environment alongside other beginners? This faster-pace short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a creative writer.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £36.00
  7. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £36.00
  8. Developing your fairytale
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021

    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  9. Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 16 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.'.

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Theme focus: writing race and ethnicity
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 17 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the exciting potential and challenges of writing race and ethnicity in your fiction and poetry in this short course. Learn about how theme functions in creative writing and how to make your writing on race and ethnicity dynamic and nuanced.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £44.00
  11. Writing horror: a beginners’ guide
    Course 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
    Rating:
    60% of 100
  12. How to get an agent
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intensive workshop offers students insider, need-to-know information on securing a literary agent.

    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
  13. How to make a living from your writing
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 14 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to know how you can maximise your income from your writing projects? This fast-paced short course guides students through tried-and-tested approaches to making a living from their craft.

    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
  14. Writing myths: a taster
    Evening
    Course 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
    Rating:
    70% of 100
  15. Creative writing for social media
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    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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