The 60 minute writer

Course Dates: 20/04/21 - 29/06/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Location: 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.


What is the course about?

This is an exciting opportunity to fit creative writing into your hectic week. Running as an informal rolling programme, you can come for just one term or stay throughout the year, knowing that for a precious hour you’ll be thrown ideas that will take your writing in new directions.

Please note that this course is located in a room with step access. If you have difficulties with mobility or use a wheelchair please contact us at to discuss.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will be experimenting with poetry and prose, working with dialogue and descriptive language, finding sources of inspiration in unexpected places and playing with imagery and figures of speech.

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

- Appreciate how to get new ideas for writing from a wide variety of sources
- Seek out new sources of inspiration
- Have the confidence to push your own writing boundaries
- Enjoy sharing work with other students
- Understand how literary techniques can be applied to your own work.

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

This is for writers of every level of experience. While it is designed to appeal to those who want to practise writing in the same way as musicians practise the scales, it is also suitable for complete beginners wanting to discover the writer within.

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

You will be introduced to new ideas through discussion, confidence-building class exercises and by looking at the work of established writers. Optional homework assignments will be set regularly. However, you will still get a lot out of this course even if other commitments mean that this hour-long session is the only time you can devote to writing.

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?

Writing is cheap: all you really need is a notebook and pen. Please feel free to bring a laptop if you need one.

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

This is a rolling programme and, if you enjoyed the course, you can continue to attend it in future terms. Alternatively, City Lit offers a huge range of creative writing courses covering all genres and levels of ability. Start with Ways into creative writing or pick up our prospectus or browse our website for courses on poetry, novel writing, playwriting, screenwriting and more.

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.


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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.

Lone hour of writing, makes you write and come up with ideas.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2020)
Supportive tutor who will give feedback that helps develop skills. A short time period in which much is done and you are encouraged to write. You are never forced to share work with the whole class but are encouraged to enter discussion if you wish. During this course I have ventured into poetry writing which was very new for me.
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Review by Bernice / (Posted on 29/11/2019)
Take this course if you want to write in class and get an opportunity to hone the writing at home. A course for all levels, beginners to experienced writers.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
If you want to dip a toe into the world of writing, but are worried about doing so, do this course. The tutor got so much out of us in an hour: I loved it.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2019)
This course is inspiring. I have almost completed two terms and have written more in this one hour class than longer courses. The sessions end procrastination and spur you into writing on the spot and at home. The exercises are unusual and stir your imagination and push aside writer’s block. The teacher is excellent.
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Review by Fanny / (Posted on 20/11/2017)
This is a really inspiring and fun course, I enjoyed having the discipline of a class for an hour a week, it unlocked my creativity and I produced some pieces of writing I'm really pleased with. The tutor was excellent and it was good to collaborate with other students.
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Review by ER / (Posted on 05/04/2017)
Excellent course taught by an inspirational teacher. The well thought out content was fun yet challenging, taking both the prose writers and the poets out of their own comfort zones into new horizons of writing, all in 60 minutes. I enjoyed this course immensely. The group discussions and the team writing were all great confidence-builders for me and I can't wait to go back to class in October.
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Review by Thooper Thoo / (Posted on 02/08/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Tasha Kavanagh

Tasha Kavanagh has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA where she studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. She has worked as a film editor on features including 'Twelve Monkeys', 'Seven Years in Tibet' and 'The Talented Mr Ripley' and has had 10 children's books published. Her debut novel 'Things We Have in Common' was published by Canongate in 2015 to critical acclaim and was shortlisted for major prizes including the Costa 1st Novel and Desmond Elliott Prize. She is currently writing her second novel.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HW536

Please choose a course date 

Tue, eve, 20 Apr - 29 Jun '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £40.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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