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.

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  1. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, in a culture where new poems will grow. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £124.00

  3. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Autobiography into fiction

    Autobiography into fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? On this day workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  7. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Craft focus: character in fiction

    Craft focus: character in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun, inspiring day workshop explores the many sources of inspiration available to writers in their everyday lives.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing myths: a taster

    Writing myths: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you want to write about mythical beasts in a modern-day setting or pen a traditional epic quest, this fun, interactive taster will equip you with the craft basics to write a myth that will move and inspire.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Approaching an agent

    Approaching an agent

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Writing a short film

    Writing a short film

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a script for a short film over two days? This short course offers an insight into the fundamentals of screenwriting through tutor input, writing exercises, group work and discussion.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. How to impress a publisher

    How to impress a publisher

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Publishing insider Lisa Goll offers expert advice on how to impress a publisher, work with agents and become a star author.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing children's poetry

    Writing children's poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this interactive workshop you will be exploring a range of poetic styles for the different age groups. There will be plenty of practical activities, and a chance to perform a poem in a final ‘slam’.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing middle grade fiction: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Middle grade fiction has always had a wide readership, but recently it has been on the rise and now has a higher profile than ever before. Find out more about this rich and exciting category of fiction for young people and discover how it differs from other forms of writing for children and teens. Learn the parameters and essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for middle grade stories.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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