Online writing courses that could change your life

Courses to encourage, inform and inspire.

We have courses for every range of experience. And because we keep class sizes small, they're also simple, friendly and intimate.

If you haven't taken an online course before, don't worry. Our courses are easy to navigate and easy to fit into your life. Everything - videos, lectures, discussions, homework and feedback - can be accessed any time of day or night. See how our courses work.

"I have completed courses with the Writer’s Bureau, Writers Forge, Open University, and more and I can say that this was the one I learnt the most from. The teachers were exceptional." Gavin Tomlinson (More feedback)

Reading for Writers

Welcome to Reading for Writers. It is often said that the key to successful writing is making sure you read a lot too – but how can you get the most out of your reading and what sort of things should you be looking for? Aimed at beginners, this class gives you the knowledge you need to spot key techniques used by professional authors and then use them to enhance your own writing. 

It is also an ideal course for avid readers or Book Clubbers who want to understand how the nuts and bolts of writing operate. The course has a reading list associated with it, this is provided prior to the course start date.

What you will get from this course:

* Reading exercises focussing on a different technical aspect of creative writing each week

* A video introduction for the course plus weekly tutorial podcasts and written study notes for each topic

* The opportunity to put each topic into practice through a weekly guided writing exercise, including a thousand-word short story in the final week

* Access to the support of and input from your fellow students through our online writing community

* Individual support and feedback from the online course tutor

* An understanding of key writing techniques so that you can compose and edit more effectively

* The confidence and skills to go on getting more out of your reading even after the course has finished

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Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Online | Price: £195.00


Creative Writing Flying Start

For those who long to write but aren't sure where to begin. This is a short creative writing course which aims to shed light, not just on narrative, but on the whole creative process. Our Creative Writing Flying Start course helps get those words from head to heart and onto page or screen.

On this course you will:

* Lose some inhibitions about going public with your creative work

* Find out more about the creative process by offering comments on the work of others

* Learn some techniques for communicating emotion in your writing

* Practise putting into words your own precise observations of people and places 

* Have a shot at writing a 1,000 word short story in which you'll be able to put on show all your newly-acquired skills!

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Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Online | Price: £245.00


Picture Books

Do you long to write Picture Books that engage and delight young children but don't know where to begin?  Don't worry. If you long to write, you're already halfway there. This is a course which aims to introduce you to the key skills and techniques required for this specialist area of writing.

Learn how to write stories for children aged two to seven. Get the low down on the formats and markets for picture books and young reader books Picture Books are a child's first contact with the world of books, so this market is always looking for new, quality writing that stimulates young readers.

On this course you will learn:

* To understand your audience for Picture Books

* How to refine your writing to suit your audience

* How layout is important

* How to work text and pictures and book design together for dramatic effect

* To understand the market

* How best to approach publishers and agents

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Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: All levels | Location: Online | Price: £245.00


Writing For Children

This course is designed for beginners who would like to see whether they can write successfully for children. Children's fiction may look easy at first glance but there are a number of special factors you need to be aware of. This course will explain what those special factors are and how children's fiction works. It will give you essential tools that will help you produce compelling stories for a young audience.

If you've always wanted to write for children but felt daunted by the challenge - this is the course for you.

The course will consider:

* Where you can find the inspiration for your stories 

* What children’s publishers are really looking for

* How you can turn a simple premise into a full-length story

* What developing your voice really means

* How you can create characters children will want to identify with

* How you can build worlds your readers will recognise.

It will open a window onto the world of children’s publishing and give you the tools you need to begin producing compelling stories for a young audience.

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Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: All levels | Location: Online | Price: £365.00


Screenwriting

This screenwriting course is designed for anyone wanting to write a script for film or TV. You don't need any prior experience - just a burning desire to tell a story with pictures. On completing the course, writers should have all the writing tools they need to complete a compelling and engaging 1st draft of their chosen script.

On this course you will learn:

* The difference between story and plot

* The importance of research

* How to create engaging characters

* The dos and don’ts of dialogue

* Writing a captivating first ten pages

* And how to deal with critical, constructive feedback

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Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Online | Price: £245.00


How To Write A Novel Beginners

Welcome to novel-writing bootcamp! Aimed at beginners, and using a variety of writing exercises, this class provides a great start in everything you need to know about writing a novel. It looks at important aspects of craft and technique, and provides guidance on developing an ongoing writing practice. We’ll also address some of the practical matters of getting published.

On this course you will learn how to:

* Take the seeds of an idea and turn it into the foundations of a novel

* Build on that foundation to create a solid structure

* Develop compelling and complex characters

* Start editing your prose to give it greater clarity

* Begin to find your unique voice.

You might start the course with no idea what you are going to write, but by the end of the 6 weeks you should have the beginnings of a story that can become a fully fledged novel and the tools to work on it by yourself."

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Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: All levels | Location: Online | Price: £365.00


How To Write A Novel - Intermediate

This course is designed for new writers who want to write a novel and is aimed at more confident writers who feel ready for a more in-depth approach to the subject. You don't need to have any prior creative writing experience - most of our students don't.

The course will help you to:

* Generate original ideas and establish what kind of writer you want to be and what your target market is

* Improve your writing style and find a distinctive voice that grabs attention

* Understand the underlying principles of narrative and pace, and begin to craft your novel's structure, as well as exploring the importance of the way you open and close your novel

* Get to grips with character and get under the skin of your protagonists to make them feel as real as they can be

You have the option either to generate a new idea at the beginning of the course that you then develop over the successive exercises, or to devote time to an existing idea in which you believe. Either way, by the time the course finishes you will be several steps closer to writing your novel.

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Duration: 10 weeks | Aimed at: Intermediate | Location: Online | Price: £450.00


Creative Non-Fiction Course

This course will help you learn the techniques and strategies to develop a quality work of non-fiction. It provides an insight into the art of writing non-fiction - from life writing and creative non-fiction, to humour and popular reference via journalism and criticism. It will help you develop, test and really work your ideas. It will show you how to hone in on your subject, structure your manuscript and nail your pitch.

Writing Non-Fiction: REAL PEOPLE, REAL PLACES, REAL EVENTS

You don't need to have any prior creative writing experience - most of our students don't.

We'll find out what works for you. We'll explore how you can best express yourself and say exactly you want to say. Whether you start the course with a definite idea, or without a clue about what you are going to write, by the end of six weeks you'll have a solid platform to  help you take your project from inception to completion.

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Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: All levels | Location: Online | Price: £365.00


Self-Editing Your Novel

So you've completed your novel or are close to doing so. So what next? This course is designed to give you the self-editing skills you need to ensure your novel is as good as it possibly can be, before you start pitching to agents. The exercises and feedback will mainly be based on your own novel, so you can see how to apply our advice specifically to your book.

By the end of the course you will:

* Understand how to analyse and deconstruct your first draft.

* Possess all the tools you need to ensure narrative drive, strong voice and characters etc are in place.

* Know how to write stunning prose.

* Have a clear plan that will enable you to create a final draft to maximise your chance of success, whether you're submitting to agents or self-publishing.

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Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: Intermediate | Location: Online | Price: £365.00


Self-Publishing Success

This online course is designed for authors who are interested in self-publishing. Whether you are a first-time novelist, a non-fiction author, or a seasoned writer wishing to self-publish your backlist, this course will teach you all you need to know about self-publishing for profit.

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Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: All Levels | Location: Online | Price: £195.00