An Approach to Creative Writing  Short Courses

This introduction to creative writing short course, taught at our Central London campus, will explore how to find inspiration and how to make your creative writing lively and engaging. Students learn the key elements of fiction writing, particularly in relation to short stories and novels. Subjects covered include structure, characterisation, dialogue, point of view, narrative voice, style and how to develop, sustain and end a story. Students also learn how to support their practice as a writer and how to revise and edit their own work.

Due to popular demand, please note the same Approach to Creative Writing evening course will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You do not need to register for both nights, just pick your preferred day of the week.

This course is ideal preparation for our Short Story Writing and Novel Writing and Longer Works courses.

Why Choose a City Short Course?

Inspiring and motivating, City's An Approach to Creative Writing short course is led by professional writers who are experts in their field. The course makes up part of City's range of short writing courses that boasts a growing list of published alumni.

Delivered from the heart of London, a part-time City writing course is the ideal way to develop your potential as a writer.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 12 January 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £255.00 CS1201 Apply Now
Thursday 14 January 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £255.00 CS1201 Apply Now
Tuesday 26 April 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £255.00 CS1201 Apply Now
Thursday 28 April 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £255.00 CS1201 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Tuesday: Cherry Potts is the author of epic fantasy novel The Dowry Blade and two collections of short stories, Mosaic of Air and Tales Told Before Cockcrow, as well as numerous stories performed live in the UK and Hong Kong, and published in magazines and anthologies. She owns Arachne Press, and is the editor of many short story anthologies including Award Winning Weird Lies, and a poetry anthology. She runs South London live literature event, The Story Sessions, and writes reviews for The Short Review. She curates the annual Solstice Shorts literature and music Festival.

Thursday: Amy Prior has an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths (University of London), as well as a BA in Cinema (University of London). She currently mainly works across short fiction and life writing. She is a visiting lecturer/tutor on creative writing programmes at universities and arts institutions. She has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining numerous writing awards, and has been published in both book-form and anthologies - as well as commissioning collections of short fiction for independent and major presses. She sometimes works with institutions - such as major galleries, museums and bookshops - in relation to public writing programmes, book fairs and publications, occasionally on an international basis.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

  • How to find inspiration for your writing;
  • How to structure, develop and end a story;
  • How to create characters, write convincing dialogue and use different narrative voices and points of view;
  • How to ensure your writing is lucid and vivid;
  • How to assess, revise and edit your work.

Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended Reading


Bird by Bird, Anne Lammot, Anchor 2007

Steering the Craft, Ursula Le Guin, Eighth Mountain Press 1999

The Voice that Thunders, Alan Garner, Vintage

The Well of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde, Hodder

Short Circuits (revised edition), Vanessa Gebbie (ed), Salt 2013


Students should buy according to interest, though some photocopies of these and additional texts will also be provided:


The Art Of Writing Fiction, Andrew Cowan (Routledge, 2011)

On Writing Short Stories, Tom Bailey (OUP, 1999)

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews Series Editor: George Plimpton - various themes, publishers and years


The Art Of The Story: An International Collection. Edited By Daniel Halpern. (Penguin Books, 2001)

The New Penguin Book Of American Short Stories. Edited by Kasia Boddy (OUP, 2012)


The Creative Writing Workbook, John Singleton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)

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