Writing fantasy stories

Course Dates: 17/04/24 - 26/06/24
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Build fantastical worlds, fill them with compelling characters and learn how to structure innovative plotlines in this perfect introduction for those with a passion for fantasy.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Writing fantasy stories
  • Course Code: HW285
  • Dates: 17/04/24 - 26/06/24
  • Time: 19:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Victoria M. Adams

Course Code: HW285

Wed, eve, 17 Apr - 26 Jun '24

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0415

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This course coaches students on how to write fiction in the fantasy genre. Students will explore the tropes of the form and discuss approaches to world-building, characterisation, structure and language as appropriate to their story. Students will also be offered guidance on how to bend the traditional elements of the genre to create fresh, innovative stories that will engage the reader.

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?

- What are the key tropes of the fantasy genre?
- How can these tropes be twisted in innovative ways?
- Approaches to world-building in fantasy stories.
- Approaches to characterization in fantasy stories.
- Approaches to structure and language in fantasy stories.

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

- Understand how to manipulate core tropes of the fantasy genre.
- Develop a central character for your fantasy stories.
- Experiment with world-building in your fantasy stories.
- Experiment with approaches to structure and language in fantasy stories.

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

This course is best suited for students who have completed one of our Ways Into Creative Writing course or have some introductory writing experience elsewhere.

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

You will be a taught through a mix of individual, pair and group work, tutor instruction, in-class writing exercises and text analysis.

Homework may be set between sessions to help students develop their writing discipline.


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.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

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

Please bring pen and paper.

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

City Lit run a range of day workshops in the fantasy genre. Why not try 'Writing myths' or 'Developing your fairytale'? Browse the writing section of our website for more information.

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.

Victoria M. Adams

Victoria M. Adams has worked at various times and in no particular order as an animator, teacher, copywriter and writing coach. At present, she shares her home with two humans and one feline, in the legendary kingdom of Watford, within the mystic circle of the M25. Her latest fantasy title, The House at the End of The Sea, will be available in June 2024 from Andersen Press.

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.