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.

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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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. Life writing: a taster

    Life writing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This inspiring workshop encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to create vivid and engaging life writing.

    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. Online journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Online journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.

    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

  3. How to write a great opening for your children's book

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Grab your child reader’s attention from the start, with a strong and compelling opening! You'll find the perfect start to your children’s book on this fun, interactive course.

    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. Craft focus: narration in fiction (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Who speaks and who sees? Point of view is the answer to these essential questions in fiction. Learn the fundamentals of point of view in this short course designed to help you write stories with clear and compelling perspectives. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.

    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. How to write a non-fiction book proposal

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to write a compelling non-fiction book proposal on this interactive and informative short course, which will

    demystify the essentials to give your project the best chance of success.

    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

  6. Television screenwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series one day? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical short course. Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre in a fun and supportive environment.

    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

  7. Submitting your short stories to magazines

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing women in the 21st century (in celebration of International Women's Day)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Celebrate strong women on 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

  9. Micro-memoir: a taster

    Micro-memoir: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Fleeting glimpses. Missed trains. Unforgettable goodbyes. A life is measured in moments as well as momentous occasions. This fun day workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  10. Self-publishing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Mar 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

  11. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day 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.

    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

  12. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.

    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. Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The Divine Comedy is an imaginary journey through the three realms of the afterlife. It's a fascinating compendium of life in 14th century Italy, but Dante's ability to depict humanity in all its aspects is timelss and has fascinated readers ever since.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  14. Writing autofiction: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    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

  15. Writing environmental essays and features

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Anxious about the environment? Writing could help. This lively course will inspire ideas and help you turn them into stories for magazines, blogs and newsletters - all to effect change.

    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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