Novels & Short Story Writing - Online Courses

Explore character, structure and plot development on the journey to producing quality fiction. All kinds of narrative fiction, long and short, are supported on our wide range of courses. Whether you want to get your great idea down on paper or are already writing and redrafting, we have a course that will suit your level. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Writing fiction
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 10 other dates)

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

    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.



    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:
    86% of 100
  2. Reading for writers: feminist fiction (a fortnightly course)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The landscape of feminist fiction is rich and multifaceted. In this course we'll explore just a small fragment to learn what lessons authors of feminist works can teach budding writers of fiction. We'll read novels by Doris Lessing, Bernardine Evaristo, Meiko Kawakami, and more. We'll analyse, discuss, and use these works to inspire and develop our own fiction. You will need to come to the first class having read the short works 'Woman at Point Zero' by Nawal El Saadawi, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.



    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
  3. Short story writing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 9 other dates)

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

    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.



    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:
    97% of 100
  4. Getting away with murder: how to write crime fiction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to write a murder mystery that will knock readers dead? On this course you'll learn how to plot a murder most horrid and develop your writing to create maximum suspense.



    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  5. Starting your novel
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.



    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:
    94% of 100
  6. Developing your novel
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.



    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:
    91% of 100
  7. Starting your novel: intensive
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive, intensive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel, and those comfortable working at a fast pace.



    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £68.00
  8. Writing funny fiction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    What does it really mean to write funny fiction and what are the techniques writers use? Learn how to harness the power of humour in your fiction in this fun, supportive workshop.



    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
  9. Writing comics and graphic novels
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium and generate your own project.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Writing horror
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Write to unsettle, in this six-week trip through the techniques of horror fiction, learning from classic horror authors and contemporary masters of the genre.



    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
  11. Autobiography into fiction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This 6-week course will help you develop techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction. You'll have the opportunity to improve your writing skills as well as your ability to give and use constructive criticism in a workshop environment.



    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
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  12. Short story writing (intensive)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fast-paced introduction to the art of writing short stories. In this 6-week course you will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.



    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
  13. Ending your novel
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you wondering how to wrap up your novel? Maybe you're grappling with the best way to bring your book to a satisfying conclusion. This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who have completed or made significant progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and conclude your project in a supportive workshop environment.



    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
  14. Writing fantasy stories
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Build fantastical worlds, fill them with compelling characters and learn how to structure innovative plotlines in this perfect introduction for those with a passion for fantasy.



    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:
    100% of 100
  15. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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