Online Writing Courses

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. Developing your creative writing

    Developing your creative writing

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing poetry and prose.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  2. Editing your children's novel

    Editing your children's novel

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have a first draft of a novel for children or young adults that is ready for editing, this lively course will help you to get your manuscript into shape for submission to agents. The course involves structured teaching, the chance to edit individually with tutor support and work in pairs using question sheets to analyse and improve different elements of your writing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  3. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  5. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  6. Starting your novel

    Starting your novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance. Includes an invitation to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The current deadline for applications is Monday 22 March.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  8. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 9 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

  10. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  11. Short story writing

    Short story writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    A hands-on introduction to the art of writing short stories. You will receive technical advice, creative exercises to generate ideas, and feedback to develop your writing skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  12. The 60 minute writer

    The 60 minute writer

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.

    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

  13. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    For those familiar with the basics of poetic form, this intermediate course explores craft and content through reading exercises, writing exercises and constructive feedback. Ideal if you have already attended 'Ways into poetry'.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  14. Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: the short story (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The best way to write good short stories is to read a lot of good ones first. Dive into the best of short fiction, explore point-of-view, character and pacing, and begin to apply the lessons learnt to your own writing in this fortnightly course.

    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

  15. Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Autobiographical writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on the forms of autobiography, memoir and the personal essay.

    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

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