The Creative Writing Programme: online and offline creative writing courses

In 2012, The Creative Writing Programme moved out of the University of Sussex into Brighton. Since then it has establised itself as a leading creative writing programme in the UK. It now offers its popular online and face to face courses to writers both locally in Brighton and the South East and online to writers all over the world.

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 creative potential.

Not only will you develop your skills as a writer on the programme, you will become part of an expanding writing community with access to Weekend Schools, literary events, conferences and readings, with opportunities to meet and learn from publishing professionals both online and face to face.

All our courses are supported by online, interactive learning pages and our online programmes are offered on the video conferencing platform Zoom.

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 April 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 2021

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering our popular two-year programmes in Creative Writing and Creative Non-Fiction from October 2021, along with one-year courses in Poetry (advanced and beginners).  

All courses will be available online and we are hoping to offer face to face teaching in Brighton if social distancing regulations allow.

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

Click on the ‘Our Courses’ tab to read more about our courses.

You will be able to enrol online on this website from April, 2021. Classes start in October. If you would like to make any enquiries about our courses you can do so by contacting:


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