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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.

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. Reading for writers: great plays (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Imitation is more than just a form of flattery - it's a tool to discover your own writing craft! Delve into a series of famous playscripts, appreciating their mechanics and the unique approaches they use to represent the world. Then apply the insights gained to your own writing through in-class exercises.

    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

  2. Craft focus: mastering descriptive language

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Descriptive language can provide texture and clarity to a story, promoting reader engagement and a sensory experience that lingers long after the text has been read. In this short course learn how to create vivid descriptions with sentences that will elevate your prose. This course will support writers of fiction and non-fiction.

    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. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Jan 2021 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace. Please note: this course has a 2-hr break each session 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Creative writing for social media

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online


    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. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021
    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 short 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

  6. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? On this workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.

    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. The art of writing the personal essay

    The art of writing the personal essay

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical 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

  8. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in this practical and interactive short course. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.

    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 funny fiction

    Writing funny fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Humour is an incredible vehicle for connection, promoting empathy and raising questions that may otherwise be hard to handle. Writers as diverse as Saki, PG Wodehouse, Shakespeare, and Lorrie Moore understand this. But 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

  10. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    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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    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever wondered how Tolkien or C.S. Lewis did it? On this short 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.

    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. Writing non-fiction for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    On this interactive taster course, you will explore children’s non-fiction writing; an exciting and wide-ranging field, encompassing biography, narrative non-fiction and the classic fact book.

    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. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    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. Writing for blogs: a taster

    Writing for blogs: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This fun but informative workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.

    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: £69.00

  15. Writing a romantic comedy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Romantic comedies have been warming the hearts of cinema-goers for years. In this fun short course you'll learn the conventions of the genre and how to write a script that combines love and laughter to great effect. 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

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