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Short courses student finds professional success in China

My name is David Larsson. I took Chinese Mandarin Beginner and Intermediate short courses at City University London. I studied BSc (Hons) Business Studies at Cass Business School, City University London. After graduating I have been working within Corporate Banking in London. Recently, I have moved back to Sweden and am currently working as a […]

The Novel Studio 2015 Showcase

By Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, Course Director, The Novel Studio After a year of hard work shaping and developing their novels, the Novel Studio class of 2014/15 stepped onto the stage to share extracts of their work before an audience of friends, agents and publishers. The charged atmosphere more than surpassed the soaring temperatures as a talking […]

Working with writing: The art of collaboration

It’s often a challenge to move writing out of the silent room and into the shared space of publication and readership. The Novel Studio’s Working with Writing event was all about helping writers to think about how and who to collaborate with in order to enhance their creative practice and reach more readers. Emily Midorikawa  […]

5 bad behaviours to make you learn a language faster

City short courses language tutor Yinghong Huang shares her best ‘worst’ tips for learning a new language. Be loud! Read aloud and speak loudly: this will help you hear your own voice and pronunciation and make it easier to compare with native speakers. Be rude! Eavesdrop whenever a conversation is within hearing distance to improve listening. Be […]

Media planner takes on the world of digital marketing

My name is Gwen Rivet. I am media planner and buyer for a global media consultancy and advisory service. My employer is based in the City of London. The short course I took at City University London was Digital Marketing: An Introduction. I chose to do this course because of my ongoing passion for the […]

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 […]