Writing Courses in London and Online

Learn to write stories, articles and poetry in the same college where big names in literature such as Dylan Thomas, Andrea Levy and Malorie Blackman have trained or taught.

You can now study from the comfort of your own home on our new range of interactive online courses whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. The benefits of our online writing courses include expert tuition from a published author and feedback on your work as you develop your writing skills. There will also be opportunities to participate in group discussions and activities with fellow students.

For a limited time new students can get 20% off their first online course using code CITYLIT20. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

City Lit's writing students frequently go on to further study or publication. Read their success stories

Students are warmly encouraged to send in their work to be considered for inclusion in Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing.

We're delighted to announce City Lit’s Malorie Blackman Scholarships for 'Unheard Voices', providing three annual awards worth up to £1000 each, to fund one year’s study within the Creative Writing department at City Lit. Learn more >

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  1. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Freelance journalism

    Freelance journalism

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fast track through the essential skills for writing newspaper and magazine articles with a widely experienced Fleet Street professional. Experiment with challenging interviews and receive insider tips on selling your work.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to postgraduate academic writing and beyond. On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Copywriting: a taster

    Copywriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Good copywriting skills are increasingly important, whether you want to write your own website or your company’s sales literature, or hope to work in advertising or marketing. We'll cover the core elements of copywriting using examples and practical exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Keats House
    Helen Cox, poetry coordinator at City Lit, facilitates a workshop drawing on a variety of techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, Hampstead.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  10. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit day 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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  12. Poetry and the moving image

    Poetry and the moving image

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Both film and poetry explore imagery and have the capacity to capture and expand a single moment in time. On this fun short course you will learn how write poems inspired by the world of film and cinema.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Creating your author platform online

    Creating your author platform online

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increasingly publishers are looking for an author with an impressive online presence, as well as a sparkling manuscript. On this one-day workshop, you'll learn how to start and grow your author brand, gain a following and build a readership for your future titles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered how Tolkien or C.S. Lewis did it? On this one-day course you'll learn how to build worlds that lend your fantasy or speculative fiction credibilty, richness and the kind of depth that leaves readers wanting more. Ideal for enthusiastic writers with an idea to explore, or a writing project in progress.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing memoir: a taster

    Writing memoir: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 5 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

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