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. Self-publishing: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    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

  2. Submitting your poetry to magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.

    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: £19.00

  3. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical six-week course. 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Craft focus: setting in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Setting is one of the integral elements of fiction craft. It is essential for building a world that a reader can escape into and for providing context that supports character and plot. In this practical intensive course, you'll learn how to create settings that matter in your stories.

    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. Writing horror movies

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    As Halloween approaches, unleash your terrifying idea for a script onto the world with this intensive writing horror for the screen workshop. Suitable for beginning screenwriters and all those with an interest in the horror 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

  6. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.

    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

  7. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.

    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. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.

    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

  9. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.

    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

  10. Ways into creative writing: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    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

  11. Travel writing

    Travel writing

    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.

    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

  12. Writing romance

    Writing romance

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This interactive course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.

    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. A taste of journalism

    A taste of journalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Come and learn the basics from an experienced news and features journalist. Discover how journalists develop, write and edit their stories.

    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. Narrative comedy: writing for TV in the online age

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Award-winning shows like Fleabag, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and People Just Do Nothing have changed the face of comedy. Add streaming services – where This Country began – and the opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.

    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. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 11 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative short course. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.

    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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