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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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note, Tuesday evenings are taught by Cherry Potts and Thursday evenings by Amy Prior. For more information on both tutors please scroll down.
“ Good introduction and lots of ‘take home’ tips on writing ”
“ Gave me many ideas and understanding of structure of story writing ”
“ 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. ”
Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the Approach to Creative Writing short course, you will learn:
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.
Students should buy according to interest, though some photocopies of these and additional texts will also be provided:
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.
Amy Prior (Thursdays)
Amy is a writer who works across both fictional and non-fictional forms. She started writing and publishing her own short stories in literary journals and books before beginning to teach creative and life writing and taking an MA in Creative & Life Writing at the University of London. She teaches at all levels, from beginning and new writers to undergraduate and creative dissertation levels in universities. She has a PG Diploma in Academic Practice (Creative & Life Writing Discipline) for teaching at universities and art schools, having taught part-time as a visiting lecturer for over 13 years.
Her writing interests sometimes link with cinema, and her work occasionally attracts adaptation interest. She contributes her own writing to literary journals, book collections and single-author books. They can appear as boutique books, or as large independently-published books or are published with more major presses – on both sides of the Atlantic. She has also curated several book collections.