Writing Courses in London

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. Our short writing courses take place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends, and are suitable for all levels - whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Writing for children (continuation)

    Writing for children (continuation)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Develop your children's story with support from classmates and tutor. This course follows on from 'Writing for children'. New students with a keen interest in the subject are welcome.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  3. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Writing about food

    Writing about food

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening - from street food markets, pop-up restaurants and supper clubs to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways - and so many opportunities, with new publications, websites and, of course, blogs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  5. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Freelance writing and blogging

    Freelance writing and blogging

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Writing a memoir: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that will resonate and inspire.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Nature writing

    Nature writing

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What greater muse could a writer ask for than the organic wonders of the planet that surrounds them? Learn how to capture the majesty of nature on the page with this exciting new course in creative non-fiction.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £57.00

  10. Biography writing

    Biography writing

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? Learn to experiment with your own life writing as you uncover the techniques and methods of this exciting genre with a professional biographer.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  11. Flash fiction

    Flash fiction

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Journal inspiration: creative approaches to writing about your life

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    This inspiring, six week workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to find an approach to life writing that suits them.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    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'.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  14. Editing your children's novel

    Editing your children's novel

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  15. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

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