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Approach to Creative Writing Tutor, Cherry Potts, runs Solstice Shorts Festival

Just after Christmas 2013 I discovered that someone had designated the shortest day of the year (21st December) as Short Story Day. As a publisher and writer of short fiction I was annoyed to have missed it. Never mind, I thought, next year we’ll do something. That something became an all-day BSL interpreted, TIME-themed festival […]

Novel Studio Tutor, Emma Claire Sweeney, speaks at the NAWE Conference

Authors, especially women, still face criticism by the literary elite if their novels take place mainly within the home rather than engaging with politics. So, when I was asked to speak about fictional settings at the 2014 National Association of Writers in Education Conference, I knew immediately that I would focus on domestic spaces. When […]

Getting Your Book Noticed Online

Last month short courses took part in a panel event on marketing your book online as part of 2014’s Inside Out Festival. Novel Studio Course Director Emily Pedder chaired a lively panel discussion to a sell out crowd. The panel experts included Polly Courtney, author of six novels and a regular commentator on TV and […]

HR advisor’s passion for writing helps make workplaces better

An employee engagement advisor and content writer Rebecca Griffiths has been writing for many years both for fun and to market her freelance services. She has tried her hand at blogs and online articles but wanted to develop her writing further. “My educational background is in occupational psychology and I have been self-employed as a […]

Short course student translates learning into success

I’d had a passion for translation since studying French and Spanish at Leeds University between 1999 and 2003, and after graduation I volunteered as a translator for the Institute of Race Relations. My dream was to become a successful freelance translator and to have a professional career with flexible working hours, which allowed me to […]

Winners of City Novel Studio Competition 2014 Announced

We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural City Novel Studio Competition 2014. In a rare opportunity to bypass the slush pile, all applications to the Novel Studio this year were automatically considered for our City Novel Studio Competition, in association with Christine Greene Author’s Agency. The competition was open to unpublished novelists […]

Italian Lawyers take on English Contract and Commercial Law at City

Legal English for Italian lawyers is an annual event that sees lawyers practising in Italy get to grips with the English legal system. Every summer, City University London puts on a week-long programme of seminars and workshops that focus on contract and commercial law. The summer school is organized in conjunction with the Scuola Superiore […]

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 […]