With an impressive list of published alumni, a thriving writing community, and strong links to the publishing industry, our short creative writing courses are all you need as an aspiring writer.

Our writing community

Take a writing short course with City and join our thriving writing community:

  • Share your work within a safe and supportive environment
  • Benefit from our strong links to the publishing industry
  • Enter our termly writing competition, City Writes, and win a chance to read your work to an invited audience
  • Be first to hear the latest news through our Writing Newsletter championing student successes
  • Gain from from our inclusive approach through our scholarship programmes for the Novel Studio and Writing for Social Impact
  • Become published by contributing to our City Short Courses Blog

Alongside our creative writing courses, we also offer a range of highly popular business writing and journalism courses, designed to develop your writing skills within a professional setting. All business copywriting and narrative non-fiction students are also eligible to submit ideas for our blog which, if accepted, will then be professionally edited and uploaded to our site.

Our alumni

Our writing short course alumni have gone on to publish books; win writing prizes; get signed by agents; and study further at MA or PhD level. Enroll on a City creative writing course and see where it might take you.

Books published by writing short course alumni

Lessons in Love - Elizabeth Chakrabarty The Clockwork Girl - Anna MazzolaGhostcloud - Michael MannIt ends at Midnight - Harriet Tyce

Learning with us

We know flexibility is key for our short course students. That’s why we arrange sessions in the evenings and over the weekend. Looking for something more intensive? We offer one-day workshops and summer schools too. Our courses range from beginners to advanced, so there is something for everyone.

Become a writer

Passionate about writing? Hear about our students’ journeys towards publication with the help of City short courses.