How to build a career around your writing

Course Dates: 18/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Want to write but also build a sustainable career? This short course will help you know where to look for opportunities.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00

Course Code: HW282

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Sat, day, 18 Mar - 18 Mar '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This course will present some of the most common career paths that writers can explore, as well as how to use your skills as a writer to find projects, opportunities and pathways through the world of publishing in a professional way. It’ll guide participants to develop a clear plan of how they’d most like to build a living from their writing and the avenues most available to them at this stage of their career, but also where they might like to go next. It’s about more than just learning how to become a freelance writer.

What will we cover?

- The most common career paths for writers and authors.
- Pitching for work and building your portfolio.
- Laying the groundwork for the future.

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

- Identify a range of opportunities open to you and how to approach them.
- Create meaningful relationships within the industries to secure more work.
- Have a clear idea of where your career as a writer and author is headed.
- Become more confident in your ability to earn from your skills as a writer.

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

This course is aimed at ambitious writers and authors who want to do more with their career than seeing their works published. This course aims to show you how almost every author makes a living from their work and how you can follow their example in your own way.

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

You will be taught through a mix of pair work, group work, discussion and formal instruction from the tutor.

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?

Writing materials.

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

City Lit offers a range of professional development courses for authors. For full details browse the City Lit website.

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.

Lisa Goll

Lisa Goll has worked in publishing for the past fifteen years in a variety of marketing roles and is now Events Manager at Bloomsbury Publishing where she is responsible for the Bloomsbury Institute, Bloomsbury’s public events series. Beyond Bloomsbury, Lisa is the Owner and Chair of the London Writers’ Café – the country’s biggest fiction writing group – where she manages writing development and organises events for a community of 3,000+ fiction writers to realise their writing and publishing ambitions. As Chair of LWC since May 2010, Lisa has hosted more than 300 events for fiction writers. Lisa now teaches marketing and publishing courses at City Lit and is a qualified writing coach. Follow her @LisasShare and @Ldnwriterscafe

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.