The Creative Writing Programme: online and offline creative writing courses

In 2012, after establishing itself as the leading creative writing programme in the South East, The Creative Writing Programme (CWP) moved out of the University of Sussex and into The Writers’ Place in Brighton. Since then we have been developing our popular courses and programmes and now also offer  them in Hastings and online.

Our Philosophy

At a time when the cost of higher education has made university level study an expensive luxury, our programmes offer a practical course of study, equivalent to university level, at an affordable price.

Our innovative approach to teaching focuses on individual creativity and on teaching writing skills within the context of the creative process. Through a practical course of study designed to teach you how to build and structure narrative, our team of experienced tutors will help you develop your potential as a writer. 

All our courses are supported by online, interactive learning pages.

Not only will you learn a great deal on the programme, you will become part of an expanding writing community in the South East.

Many writers who have come through The Creative Writing Programme have gone on to publication or have been nominated for awards, including the Booker and the Costa Prize. Some writers go on to pursue writing as a career, others are satisfied with being able to write well and appreciate good literature. Whether you want to write professionally or for pleasure, our programmes and courses will take your writing to the next level.

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With the onset of Covid 19, in order to ensure the safety of our students, we have moved all our courses online and we are currently teaching using video conferencing technology supported by our online learning pages. We will review the situation in January 2021. When the government has made it clear that it is safe for us to return to face to face teaching we will consider doing so. The health and well-being of our students remains paramount.

New Courses for October 2020

This year, as well as the two-year Creative Writing and Creative Non-Fiction programmes taught from our centres in Brighton and Hastings, we are offering our popular Creative Writing and Dramatic Writing Programmes ONLINE.

Other sought after courses include Writing Poetry and the Advanced Workshops (Prose or Poetry). If you are working on a book with the aim of getting published, you can join one of our Advanced Writing Workshops in Brighton that will offer you a critical and supportive audience for your work in progress. All our classes are run by experienced tutors.

Classes will commence next week, Monday 28th September.

WE STILL HAVE ONE OR TWO PLACES AVAILABLE ON THE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMME. If you would like one of the remaining places you still have time to join one of our groups. Click on Book Online Here.


Enrolments will open in May, 2020. Classes start in October. If you would like to make any enquiries about our courses you can do so by contacting:


Books by students and tutors