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)

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

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.

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

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.

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Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: Those who have completed their novel | Location: Online | Price: £365.00

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:

  • 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 designtogether for dramatic effect
  • 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 yourstories 
  • What children’s publishers are really lookingfor
  • 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 wantto identify with
  • How you can build worlds your readers willrecognise.

It will open a window onto the world ofchildren’s publishing and give you the tools you need to begin producingcompelling stories for a young audience.

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


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.

What you will learn on the course:

·        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, constructivefeedback "

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

Writing from Life

One of the best routes into writing – both fiction and non-fiction – is through our personal experiences and memories; some of our most interesting material comes from our own lives. From getting ideas to structure, character, dialogue, description and voice, this course will help you to research and write about real life, whether memoir, biography, travel, reportage or fiction, and will explore ways of using that material to tell great stories that fully engage the reader.

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Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: All levels | 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: Anyone planning to Self-Publish | Location: Online | Price: £195.00

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.

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