This popular course provides a firm footing in the fundamentals of creative writing. Learn from professionals how to develop a story and gain the confidence to write creatively.
Inspiring and motivating, City's An Approach to Creative Writing short course is led by professional writers who are experts in their field. Aimed at beginners, the course makes up part of City's range of short creative 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.
An intensive week-long introduction to creative writing short course.Taught at our Central London campus, the course will explore how to find inspiration and how to make your creative writing lively and engaging.
Delivered over five days in a short intensive burst, with a weekend break in the middle for you to put your learning into practice, you will 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.
On this highly practical course you will also learn how to support your practice as a writer and how to revise and edit your own work.
A mixture of theory, advice and lots of exercises using a wide variety of writing prompts, this course will provoke and support those wanting to explore their writing in a short intensive blast. You will be encouraged to take away learning from each day and try writing while it’s fresh in your mind, sharing what you have written and built from day to day. The aim is for you to draft two or three short stories to at least 1st or 2nd edit stage, as well as exploring what works for you in developing more sustained writing.
“ Great course. Very stimulating. ”
“ A fascinating tour through the elements of creative writing ”
Anonymous, former student
“ This course was excellent. I enjoyed the mixture of interactive group work, writing exercises and teaching ”
Anonymous, former student
“ It’s a great course and I’d recommend it! ”
“ I really enjoyed the practical tasks that we undertook on the writing course at City. I made the most of every homework opportunity and produced a piece of writing every week. ”
“ I got a lot out of it, it's been useful for me as I look to follow my ambitions of writing a novel/short stories, it was a good course to start off with. ”
“ Thank you… I've learnt a lot during this course. ”
In each session you will learn:
The structure of each day will be as follows:
Morning session 10:30-12:30, lunch 12:30-13:30, afternoon session 13:30-15:30
a.m. - Elements of Writing
p.m. - Character
a.m. - Plot
p.m. - Structure
a.m. - Atmosphere and Style
p.m. - Narrator and Point of View
a.m. - Dialogue
p.m. - 'Bad' writing and how to avoid it
a.m. - Editing
p.m. - Getting published
There will also be opportunities to cover the following, depending on feedback from students:
Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.
Please note that this reading material is entirely optional, but are books the tutor has found useful as a writer.
Cherry Potts (Tuesdays)
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.
Cherry 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 Sabotage Reviews. She curates the annual Solstice Shorts literature and music Festival.