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An Approach to Creative Writing short course will introduce you to the techniques of writing fiction, whether mainstream or experimental, and will explore different narrative structures and writing styles. On this creative writing course you will look at how to source and then develop an idea into a story; how to build character, write dialogue and description; how to use imagery, narrative voice and point of view. Students' work, and some published work, will be read and discussed in this creative writing short course. Read more...

The Writing for Children course is for students who would like to write books for children and/or young adults. The reading age covered is roughly 4-16. The formats you will study in this Writing for Children course include picture books, easy readers and novels. You will examine techniques used in key texts and then begin to develop your own original stories. Read more...

This Creative Writing short course is for writers of both prose and poetry. It takes a practical look at the craft of writing. Each week focuses on a particular topic, including characterisation, dialogue, imagery and narrative. Creative writing course class exercises, weekly writing assignments and analysis of published authors will develop your grasp of techniques and enable you to explore and improve your writing. You will be encouraged to listen to each other's work. Read more...

The Journalism Skills course for Continued Professional Development is for those looking to enhance their profile, get published and/or impress editors, clients or managers. The Journalism course focuses on journalism skills, including how to write a publishable news story or feature; research and develop ideas; find a topical 'hook' or angle; identify and reach a target audience; get messages across clearly and succinctly; phone interview skills and write profiles; produce a perfect pitch; and achieve a measurable outcome. This is a challenging and rewarding Journalism course and will offer the most benefit to students with an existing comprehensive and professional understanding of both written and spoken English. Read more...

Most professional writers of drama in the UK move between media so that's what we do on our course. You learn about writing for theatre, film and television - then complete a full length piece of work in one of those areas. You get to understand writing choices in the work of leading playwrights and screenwriters and then, very often, you get to meet those writers. You work with actors and directors from London's new writing theatres and professional film and television directors from leading drama schools. You also meet some of the decision-makers from the drama industries - agents, producers and artistic directors. This course is run in the evening and is suitable for those in full-time employment. Read more...

Writers' Workshop is an advanced fiction-writing course designed to help experienced writers develop creative ideas, acquire new skills and move ongoing work towards a publishable standard. Students' fiction (chapters from novels or short stories) will be circulated in advance and then constructively critiqued within the group, in a mutually supportive, non-competitive atmosphere. You will be encouraged to consider the following in relation to your work-in-progress: developing themes and ideas imaginatively, developing a distinctive voice, editing, finding an agent or publisher, and publishing opportunities for new writers. Read more...

The Novel Writing and Longer Works short course, in London focuses on the skills required to sustain a work of longer fiction. Through exercises, lecture, selected reading and workshop discussion, you will develop an understanding of essential writing techniques: plot, structure, character, dialogue, pace and setting. The second half of the novel writing course London will include workshop/peer review of students' own writing. Read more...

This course enables new and experienced writers to gain confidence in exploring and developing their creativity through class exercises and discussion. You will learn practical writing skills such as structure, characterisation and dialogue and will examine the work of key contemporary short story writers. The aim of this short story writing course is to complete a short story by the end of the course. Read more...

The Narrative Non-Fiction short course is aimed at students who are thinking of embarking on a substantial piece of writing. The narrative non-fiction writing course begins with an outline of the main genres (biography, memoir, history, travel writing, science and politics) and follows the course of a project, from planning through to editing via the importance of endings and beginnings, the writer's toolkit, portrait-painting, character-building and finding your voice. The aim of the narrative non-fiction writing course is to encourage and inspire, through group discussion and individual exercises. Read more...

Have you got a good idea for a film script but don't know where to begin? Screenwriting can seem like a dauntingly technical form. This screenwriting course shows you how to write a film script, with plenty of writing exercises and analysis of scripts and films. On completion of the screenwriting course, you will have the basic tools needed to write your own script: learning to write visually, working with character and conflict, building narrative. The main focus will be on screenwriting for the UK market but we will also look at the US and Europe. There will be a session on working within the UK film industry. Read more...

The Creative Writing (Nonfiction) MA provides you with essential skills and a supportive and challenging environment in which to develop your reportorial and research skills, experiment with approaches to writing narrative nonfiction, reflect on their own and others' work, learn about the publishing industry, and shape a book-length work of narrative nonfiction into a marketable proposal. The course is designed to fit in with the lives of those already working full-time, with students coming in for two evenings per week over two years (with the occasional Saturday workshop). Extra workshops and lectures will take place on occasional Saturdays. Read more...

At the end of the Creative Writing (Novels) MA, you will be very different: you will have written a novel. This course is designed to provide a supportive, thought-provoking and challenging environment for novelists to develop their skills, experiment with approaches to writing, learn about the industry and, most importantly, complete a polished novel ready to send to publishers and agents. At the core of the course is the experience of established writers. The MA Creative Writing (Novels) allows you to focus on one of two areas: Literary Novels and Crime Thriller Novels. Read more...

City's MA in Publishing Studies is the course to choose if you wish to enhance your career prospects to enter the highly competitive world of publishing, at the same time as gaining a top-quality academic MA in the heart of London. The degree provides the highest standards of professional education, consistently recognised in MA prizes as well as by the award of industry placements and the active participation of industry sponsors for our projects and dissertations. Read more...

The International Publishing Studies MA is an exciting extension to our Publishing Masters and caters for experienced international industry practitioners. Your knowledge and business skills will be enhanced through expert teaching and industry projects, and you will be challenged to respond creatively to current global publishing trends, including the impact of digitisation. Core modules will be shared with MA Publishing Studies students, with additional teaching and support to analyse industry conditions in different international publishing sectors and markets. You will work directly with industry project sponsors and be offered a range of site visits. Read more...

The Novel Studio (formerly known as The Certificate in Novel Writing) offers 15 selected students the unique opportunity to work exclusively on their novels for a year. Six modules, taught by professional writers and editors, guide the student through the tricky terrain of novel writing, from plotting, planning and researching a novel, through to character development, pacing, narrative voice and style, revisions and editing. Read more...