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The Novel Studio end-of-year student showcase

On 4th July, City Short Courses hosted The Novel Studio end-of-year student showcase. This annual event is the culmination of a year-long course for budding novelists studying on The Novel Studio programme. Twelve students read extracts from their debut novels to a packed audience of family, friends and publishing industry guests. The work spanned a […]

City hosts inaugural CPD Forum Conference

City University London hosted the CPD Forum Conference ‘Professional Best Practice: Past, Present and Future’ on 20th June, in partnership with Central Saint Martins, King’s College London and Imperial College London. The event was a great success, with an unprecedented attendance rate of 96% and delegates coming from as far afield as Cork to listen […]

City lecturer delivers The National Portrait Gallery Workshop: The Blank Page

In an exciting collaboration with Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014 and The National Portrait Gallery, City University London’s short courses lecturer and acclaimed writer, Emily Midorikawa, led a practical workshop, ‘The Blank Page’, exploring how writers approach the process of creating a character. Emily’s fully-booked workshop delved into the ways a writer harnesses the anxiety […]

System Analyst promoted after Web Authoring success

Amos Mathias was working as a System Analyst at the College of Education in Zing, Nigeria, but to further his career he embarked on the Web Authoring short course at City University London: “Since the world relies on information sharing, I thought it would be wise to explore avenues for creating and managing information and […]

Taking a walk on the wild side of business

Brenna Boyle was working as a wildlife ranger in the Scottish Highlands before attending the Starting up in Business course at City University London. Brenna’s ambition was to make a successful business showing communities the diverse range of wildlife on their doorsteps. “An average day as a wildlife ranger would involve guiding groups of visitors […]

Mixing it Up: How debut novelist Melissa Bailey blended genres to her advantage in her novel The Medici Mirror

New writers are often told they need to define their novel’s genre to attract an agent. But what happens when your novel crosses genres? How does a writer handle this? And does it help or hinder the marketing of the book? Last month, City hosted an event with short course alumna Melissa Bailey to discuss […]

Shahrukh Husain published following The Novel Studio

Having written screenplays, non-fiction and retellings of traditional tales and myths, Shah Husain was already an accomplished writer prior to embarking on The Novel Studio, but wanted to turn her attention to her novel, “I’d wanted to write novels since I was a child and this course came highly recommended. Friends whose work I knew […]

“Launched” to success through The Novel Studio

Before embarking on a novel writing course at City University London, Steve Young worked as a freelance comedian and theatre director, “I toured the UK performing, and directed several times with the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. I had a personal interest in writing and wanted to explore it. I had written thousands of jokes and vignettes, […]

Byte the Book

My name is Justine Solomons and I’m the founder of Byte the Book, a digital publishing network. Prior to setting up Byte, I ran the sales and marketing team for a bespoke software development house. I now run Byte the Book and do some consultancy in the publishing industry.  I started studying at City because […]

A novel outcome…

My name is Ed Woodcock and I’m a 39 year old Strategy Director at a brand and advertising agency called Aesop. I wanted to do a short course because I was looking for a change of direction and because I had always had an interest in fiction and literature. In my view, The Novel Studio wasn’t really a […]