Masterclass: fiction workshop

Course Dates: 29/04/19 - 08/07/19
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Jonathan Barnes

This intensive 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. Please note: the deadline for applications has now passed.


What is the course about?

This course is designed to support advanced and professional fiction writers who are working on long or short form fiction projects with a view to publication. The course offers an opportunity to share and receive constructive critical feedback, network with other writers, and discuss elements of advanced fictional craft.

This course is open for enrolment by application only. It is suitable only for fiction writers who have advanced workshop experience (e.g. Masters level) and/or a history of publication.

Please note that the deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications for this course. Please check back at in June 2019, when courses from September onwards will be available, including upcoming masterclasses. Alternatively, you may be interested in our ‘Advanced critical workshop: fiction’ courses.

Students say: "There was a very positive group culture"; "I received detailed feedback from the other course participants"; "Good quality, thoughtful feedback from other students and the tutor"; "It was inspiring and motivating"; "Excellent!"

The Tutor: Jonathan Barnes is the author of three novels. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review and has contributed to the Arts pages of The Lancet. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Kingston University. He is also the author of several full-cast audio dramas from Big Finish Productions, featuring characters from Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein and Doctor Who.

City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

- Constructive workshopping of short stories and novel excerpts
- Advanced craft issues that arise from the material under review
- The process of revision.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Assess and respond to pieces of writing with acumen and sensitivity
- Identify complex issues involved in writing fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, etc.
- Apply your critical and editorial skills to your own work
- Produce submissions for comment on a regular basis.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open for enrolment by application only. It is suitable only for fiction writers who have advanced workshop experience (e.g. Masters level) and/or a history of publication. Writers are invited to submit details of their writing and workshop experience and a one-page sample of prose to Writers will not be authorised for enrolment except by way of this process.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through discussion, peer evaluation and tutor feedback.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs. Writers will be expected to submit manuscripts in advance of class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The next step will be discussed individually with each participant.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Excellent course for advanced writers. The tutor is an excellent tutor who encourages critical feedback of the highest quality which is essential for writers with a professional piece in progress. I would say this class really is only for those serious about writing and have advanced to the right level.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/04/2019)
Well worth it. There are more opportunities to submit writing for close scrutiny and feedback than on other courses I’ve encountered.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 31/03/2019)
An excellent course, with considerable input and encouragement from a knowledgeable and personable tutor, and the stimulation of very skilled and motivated fellow students. The small group size is a definite plus.

Be prepared to put in the hours and effort - not only on your own writing, but also to do justice to fellow course members' work.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2019)

Sorry, this course is now full

Course Code: HW445

Full Mon, eve, 29 Apr - 08 Jul '19

Duration: 9 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £289.00
Senior fee: £289.00
Concession: £289.00

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