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. Craft focus: character in fiction (advanced techniques)
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this advanced short course you'll deepen your understanding of how to develop characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.



    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. Craft focus: voice in fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    All fiction must speak to us as readers. It must communicate atmosphere and plot, character and layers of meaning. Naturally, this means it must have a 'voice,' a complex mix of elements that, together, give the piece its unique identity. In this one-day course learn what 'voice' really means in fiction and how to develop a voice for your story that can capture the attention of readers.



    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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  3. Submitting your short stories to magazines
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is a fast-track course to help you hone and prepare your short stories for submission to magazines and publishers.



    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 autofiction: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Blurring lines between fact and fiction, blending the 'real' and the 'imaginary', autofiction has become a rich playground for writers. In this short advanced taster course, learn what 'autofiction' is, how it differs from other forms of life writing, and having fun exploring how to write it.



    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. Craft focus: how to edit your novel
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Once your story is on the page, the editing process begins. But where do you start and what skills do you need? This course guides learners through the editing of a story or manuscript, exploring approaches to making line edits, improving narrative structure and everything in between.



    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
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  6. Writing experimental fiction: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Writing fiction is always an experiment in how to connect to your reader, but some stories push the established boundaries of form to the extreme. In this advanced course you'll test the limits of your imagination to craft fiction that breaks all the rules with purpose. Suitable for those with lots of 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00

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