Ways into creative writing: an introduction

Course Dates: 22/02/21 - 29/03/21
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: Online

Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.

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 a friendly and hands-on introduction to creative writing. You'll be encouraged to think in a creative way and to experiment with language in prose fiction, poetry and other media. You'll gain a greater understanding of the devices and techniques used by writers, and you'll unlock your imagination as you begin to produce work of your own. This course is not designed for those wishing only to improve their grammar and punctuation skills.

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 writing@citylit.ac.uk to discuss.

Students say: "It gave me discipline, courage and inspiration to write"; "Outstanding and inspiring - the classroom exercises were very helpful, and I feel that I've learned a good deal"; "It was very interactive and there was a positive atmosphere throughout the course"; "Well-paced and supportive.".

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?

Class exercises will cover a variety of approaches to different types of creative writing. Exercises are designed to bring out each student's individual creativity, unlock the imagination, and promote confidence. You'll be encouraged to share your ideas and your writing with the class. You'll also be given the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from your peers and the tutor.

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

- identify the characteristics of creative writing
- respond to, assess and discuss pieces of writing with sensitivity
- recognise some of your own writing skills
- recognise various techniques used by creative writers, such as imagery, point of view, first
person/third person narrative
- apply various writing techniques such as imagery and point of view in your own writing
- produce several pieces of writing - poems and/or short pieces of fiction
- take risks.

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

This is an introductory course and no previous writing experience is required. You should be able to read and write fluently in English, and be enthusiastic about reading and writing prose fiction and poetry.

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

You will learn through in-class writing exercises, out-of class assignments, discussions and interactive tutor presentations. Writing tasks will also be set as homework. You will be invited to read out texts you produce in class and at home.

All writing classes at City Lit involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work that 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 work from the tutor and 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.

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?

Please bring your own writing materials. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet to use for in-class writing exercises if it will help you.

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

City Lit offers a fantastic range of creative writing courses covering all genres and levels of ability. If you would like to continue building your confidence at the introductory level, we recommend enrolling on Ways into creative writing, which is a longer course. You can also progress to Developing your creative writing, where you'll continue to experiment with a range of forms. Or you can take a course in a particular medium, including novel and short story writing, screenwriting, playwriting, and creative non-fiction. To browse our full range of creative writing courses, visit www.citylit.ac.uk/creativewriting.

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.


Customer Reviews 18 item(s)

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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.

Go for it. It's a gentle introduction to learning to write.
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Review by Zoey / (Posted on 19/03/2020)
A wonderful way for any aspiring writer to find her/his voice. Challenging, stimulating, rewarding.
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Review by Bill McC / (Posted on 28/02/2020)
This course is a good taster and introduction into the world of creative writing
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/02/2020)
Brilliant course. Provided a safe space to share my work with others. Lots of mini exercises that helped spark my imagination.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/02/2020)
I would encourage anyone to try it. It's fun and you learn a lot.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/11/2019)
Do it.
You will have a wonderful experience.
Don't worry about not having written before, wanting to write is all you need.
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Review by Gina / (Posted on 26/11/2019)
This course met me right where I was at, with prescriptive, engaging exercises that unlocked my creative writing side. Sharing work in small groups was so much more comfortable than I ever expected it to be.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/07/2019)
Definitely take this course! The exercises in lessons set me up really well for writing at home. The atmosphere is conducive to sharing comfortably with others and with the teacher and the feedback is very helpful. Strategies and structures learned are practical.
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Review by Ellie / (Posted on 30/06/2019)
Good tutor good relaxed atmosphere
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Review by Susan / (Posted on 26/06/2019)
Do it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
I would recommend. There were frustrations with aspects of course admin aside, it's really helped me to rediscover the things I love about writing.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
Amazing course definitely do it
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Review by Jacqui / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
Go for it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
Yes I would recommend this course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/02/2019)
This course provides the technical know how of story construction as well as plenty of opportunities to write and present work.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/02/2019)
I’ve hardly tried to write creatively since school, and wanted a gentle way to get started. This course was perfect - full of tips and manageable exercises, all in a supportive atmosphere. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone in a similar situation.
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Review by TheFurryLady / (Posted on 26/05/2018)
Consistently interesting and stimulating with a variety of activities, feedback and matieral to widen one's outlook and approach. All student work listened to with respect and very helpful attention. A most rewarding learning process and surpassed all my expectations.
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Review by Pat / (Posted on 20/02/2017)
A very well structured course with an opportunity to share work, be taught key principles of creative writing and to practice writing in a guided way.
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Review by Emma / (Posted on 20/02/2017)
Tutor Biographies
Charlotte Heather

Charlotte Heather is a writer and co-founder of Rita Munus; a writing and art based workshop. With Rita Munus she has taught at galleries, community projects and artistic centres across London and Mexico City. Her work has appeared in On Paper, Corda Magazine, The Bohemoth and Hotel. Her pamphlet of queer speculative fiction is forthcoming with Koroula SF and her debut novella was published by The Pigeonhole in 2015. She's working on a novel concerning bodies and gender alongside facilitating workshops at Cubitt Gallery as part of Rita Munus project Write It Speak It Move It.

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: HW507

Please choose a course date 

Mon, eve, 22 Feb - 29 Mar '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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