Writing

Writing Courses & Workshops Online & in London

Be inspired to write, and learn how to get published at the college where Andrea Levy, Malorie Blackman, Anna Burns, and other celebrated authors studied. Read our success stories to see what's possible for you as a writer.

Learn from published authors

Whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book, the benefits of our writing courses include expert tuition from a published author and feedback on your work as you develop your writing skills. There will also be opportunities to participate in group discussions and activities with fellow students.

Unheard Voices Scholarship

City Lit’s Malorie Blackman Scholarships for 'Unheard Voices' provide three annual awards to fund one year’s study within the Creative Writing department at City Lit. Learn more >
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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. World music: Brazilian ensemble
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luiz Morais
    A day of immersion in the diverse traditions and genres of popular music from Brazil, from Samba and Bossa nova to Choro and Baiao. Explore rhythm, harmony and improvisation in repertoire by master composers such as Tom Jobim, Pixinguinha, Dorival Caymmi and Hermeto Pascoal.



    Tutor: Luiz Morais.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  2. Recorder ensemble: study day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Caoimhe de Paor
    Learn to play ensemble music for recorders, with repertoire ranging from early to present day. Suitable for recorder players who have been learning for at least a year and can read music.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  3. Writing flash fiction: getting started
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lucy Popescu
    A sideways glance: succinct, powerful. This short workshop on the essential components of flash fiction will teach you to tell a complete story in very few words. Please note: this course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  4. Mindful singing: introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Engage all your senses to connect mind and body awareness while singing. Explore how the psyche affects how we relate to singing. This single session is for singers at all levels to discover essential mindful techniques.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  5. Flamenco: power and performance
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    This course, separate but complementary to the other summer Flamenco dance course, will focus on archetypal Flamenco dance steps and moves with emphasis on dancing style, performance presence and panache. The course will culimate in a short dance sequence with live guitar accompaniment. Suitable for men and women of all ages, from beginners to improvers.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  6. Stage combat: workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Explore unarmed combat and develop a selection of moves to combine in to a choreographed sequence!



    A well-executed fight scene can make stage combat look easy but, much like dancing, it must be intricately choreographed and extensively rehearsed, to provide that authentic feel while remaining safe. Suitable for everyone.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  7. Calligraphy: Spencerian scripts
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to use a pointed pen for writing in copperplate hand. Spencerian script developed from the English Cursive and stands out for its delicately shaded lowercase and prominent capitals. With very intense shadows, obtained with a pointed pen, it is famous for its fine lines, hand-made quality and romantic overtones. Suitable for both beginners and improvers, left and right handers.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Herodotus and the problem of history before his own time
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    Enhance your understanding of the Greek language by translating passages taken from the Histories by Herodotus. Suitable for advanced students.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  9. Spanish 3 lower taster
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Amaia Ibargüen
    Come and discover what an lower intermediate Spanish class feels like.



    This course is suitable if you have studied Spanish for about 3-4 years recently.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  10. Music theory: grade 5 (intensive)
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  11. Old master drawing techniques: summer school intensive
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  12. Spanish 2 lower: revision
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Analía Tolone
    Revise and consolidate your speaking and listening skills, as well as your grammar. Suitable if you have completed 'Spanish 2 lower' or have an equivalent knowledge of the language (two years of study).







    This course combines an independent study unit and three (online) group sessions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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