Tales of the City: Writing Fiction

LocationWells Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

This course focuses on developing skills at writing prose fiction inspired by the city through a combination of exercises, close-reading of established authors and critiques of participants' own work. The course will help you develop your understanding of how fiction works, covering all the basic elements of fiction writing (setting, character, plot, etc), while encouraging you to take risks with you own prose and experiment with language.

While providing a solid foundation for all fictional writing, the course will also specifically focus on the city, inviting you to respond to the urban environment in your own writing.

Who is this course for?

This course if for anybody who would like to improve their writing skills in short and long fiction.

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Course content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • character and voice
  • space and setting
  • plot and structure
  • detail in prose
  • writing about London

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • develop a portfolio of several short stories or chapters from a larger project
  • edit and proofread your work to a professional standard
  • critically analyse your own work and that of others
  • articulate an awareness and understanding of key aspects of fiction writing, particularly that which focuses on the city
  • engage with the current market for short and longer prose fiction, and plan your own work and submission schedule for the foreseeable future

Helen Gordon is a Visiting Lecturer on the Creative Writing MA at the University of Westminster.

Her novel, Landfall, came out in paperback from Penguin in 2012. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of short stories, and has been awarded an Arts Council grant. Her writing has appeared in The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine, The Guardian and The Observer, among other publications.

Eligible applicants will need to send a portfolio of their writing and a personal statement.

Contact us

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

University of Westminster
32–38 Wells Street
London W1T 2UW


+44 (0)20 350 69900