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. Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Advanced fiction writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. Ending your novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you wondering how to wrap up your novel? Maybe you're grappling with the best way to bring your book to a statisfying conclusion. This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who have completed or made significant progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and conclude your project 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  3. Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Masterclass: fiction (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive online fiction workshop is open by selective application to a maximum of ten fiction writers working at the advanced and professional levels. You will receive rigorous constructive feedback on your novel or short story as you develop it with a view to publication, and participate in detailed tutor-led discussions on advanced elements of fictional craft. Application deadline: Sunday 28th March 2021.

    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

  4. Poetry workshop: intensive

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to have your poems critiqued in a supportive environment? This intensive poetry workshop focuses on offering feedback to poets who have already written a selection of poems and are looking to push their writing further.

    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

  5. Writing non-fiction for children: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to write children’s non-fiction on this exciting and interactive course encompassing classic fact book, biography and narrative. You will also get an opportunity to practise and get some feedback on your writing.

    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

  6. Television screenwriting

    Television screenwriting

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this course will assist you in developing your own projects.

    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. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This course is designed for experienced playwrights who have work in-progress.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  9. Freelance writing and blogging

    Freelance writing and blogging

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  10. Nature writing

    Nature writing

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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: £57.00

  11. Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Writing a memoir (continuation)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.

    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

  12. Writing fantasy stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In the quest to write fantasy fiction, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Whether you've spent the last eight years binge-watching Game of Thrones or favoured the Earthsea trilogy over revision text books in your teenage years, this fun short course offers the perfect introduction for those with a passion for writing fantasy stories.

    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

  13. Developing your writing for children

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  14. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This 6-week course will help you develop techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction. You'll have the opportunity to improve your writing skills as well as your ability to give and use constructive criticism in a workshop environment.

    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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