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 course

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.

Course Purpose:
So, you’ve completed your novel or non-fiction book and you’ve polished and edited it to a high shine. Maybe you want to bring your book to market without following the traditional route of agent queries – or maybe you’ve tried that route and are simply being overlooked in a crowded market of ‘slush pile’ submissions. This course will give you all the skills and information you need go indie. The exercises and feedback will be tailored to your own book and genre, with an experienced and bestselling self-published author to guide you through the process step-by-step.


Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: Anyone | Location: Home Study | Price: £195


Creative writing course

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 who want to understand how the nuts and bolts of writing operate.This course has a reading list associated with it, this is provided prior to the course start date.

Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Home Study | Price: £195


Creative writing course

For those who long to write but aren't sure where to begin. This is a creative writing short 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.

Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Home Study | Price: £245


writing a novel course

Aimed at beginners, and using a variety of writing exercises, this online course is designed for new writers who want to write a novel.You'll learn about how to get ideas, structure a story, write powerful characters, and bring your work to market. The course will provide a great grounding in the basics - but also encourage and inspire.

Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Home Study | Price: £365


how to write a novel course

For the more confident beginner: perhaps you've written creatively already, or perhaps you're well-read and confident in the basics of the art. Either way, our ten week online writing course will explore subjects such as voice, inner worlds, self-editing and other aspects of the craft that can't be investigated fully in the shorter course.

Duration: 10 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Home Study | Price: £450


writing for children course

Writing for children is a uniquely delicious occupation - but that doesn't mean it's easy! If you have never written anything before, you probably want to start with our course in Writing for Children, which will give the skills and confidence needed to get going. We won't just talk about inspiration and story-telling, we'll also give a realistic sense of what it takes to get published - and how to get there

Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: New Writers | Location: Home Study | Price: £365


Creative writing course

 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. Picture Books are a child's's first contact with the world of books, so this market is always looking for new, quality writing that stimulates young readers.

Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Home Study | Price: £245


life writing course

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.

Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: Anyone | Location: Home Study | Price: £365


self-editing your novel course

If you've already written (or part-written) your novel or creative non-fiction manuscript, you'll know that you've set yourself one heck of a challenge. Our inspirational (nay, mind-blowing) course on self-editing will propel you to entirely new levels of insight, confidence and purpose. Run by the hugely popular Emma Darwin and Debi Alper, this turbo-charged version of a creative writing course is a must for any serious writer.

Duration: 6 weeks | Aimed at: Anyone | Location: Home Study | Price: £365


This 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.Whether you want to write for film, television or radio, this is the course for you.

Duration: 4 weeks | Aimed at: Beginners | Location: Home Study | Price: £245


complete creative writing course
Huh? You want what exactly? You want a prize-winning author to sit down with you and work with you from the very start of your project right through to a third (and possibly final draft)? You want to work at your own pace, have one-to-one contact throughout, get prompt and detailed responses to your concerns and queries - then get help to find an agent at the end, assuming that your novel is good enough? Well, OK, then. We'll see what we can do.

We're thrilled to announce that a former student of The Complete Novel Course, Eve Harris was longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. A huge congratulations to Eve.

Duration: TBA | Aimed at: Anyone | Location: Home Study | Price: TBA