Explore the craft of fiction on our new range of courses

 

Writing a novel or short story? Hone your creative writing skills and focus on key fiction techniques on City Lit's new range of Craft focus workshops and short courses.

Upcoming topics include dialogue, setting, plotting and redrafting.

Our Craft focus courses make a perfect complement to a term-long course such as Writing fiction or our Advanced critical workshop. You'll benefit from being tutored by experienced writers and, by focusing on one topic, you'll be able to go into greater depth, and develop new skills to bring to bear on your work-in-progress.

Browse all Craft focus courses

Craft focus: novel plotting in depth

Course Dates: 30/09/18 - 21/10/18
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Jonathan Barnes
If you've made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead. Learn more >

 

Craft focus: character in fiction

Course Dates: 17/11/18
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Tasha Kavanagh
Which comes first: character or plot? Inseparable: without characters there can be no action/without action, no characters. Explore the ways in which characters can deepen plot and theme with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh. Learn more >

 

Craft focus: voice in fiction

Course Dates: 08/12/18
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Tasha Kavanagh
Voice is an act rather than a thing, a passage of breath, a movement of sound, a certain transfer of meaning – the one special feature of writing that bridges the lonely gap between writer and reader. Develop your voice with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh. Learn more >

 

Craft focus: redrafting your fiction

Course Dates: 09/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Courttia Newland
The saying goes that books aren't written, they're rewritten. This one-day course teaches you the essential skills for redrafting and perfecting your work. Learn more >

 

Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

Course Dates: 10/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Linda Quinn
Show rather than tell through quality dialogue. This one-day course will explore ways to develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques. Learn more >

 

Craft focus: setting in fiction

Course Dates: 02/03/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Tasha Kavanagh
This taster workshop teaches students how to use setting to enrich their stories. Learn more >

 

Craft focus: edit like an expert

Course Dates: 26/05/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Nicola Doherty
This one-day workshop teaches essential editing skills for writers who are self-publishing or submitting their work to editors for consideration. Learn more >

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