The Creative Writing Programme: blended and online creative writing courses

The Creative Writing Programme is one of the leading centres for creative writing in the UK. After moving out of the University of Sussex in 2012 it established a reputation for excellence in Brighton and the South East. It now offers its popular blended and online courses to writers locally and all over the world.

Our Philosophy

At a time when the cost of higher education has made university study an expensive luxury, our programmes offer a practical course of study, taught at 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 writing tutors will help you develop your creative potential.

Not only will you develop your skills as a writer, you will become part of an expanding writing community with access to Weekend Schools, literary events, conferences and readings, with opportunities to meet publishing professionals to learn how to prepare your work for publication.

All our courses are supported by online, interactive learning pages. Our blended courses are a mix of in person and online learning delivered from our teaching centre in Brighton and our online courses are taught face to face 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.

The health and well-being of our students is paramount. Over the last two years we have developed an expertise in online learning. Our blended and online courses allow us to move seamlessly into online teaching if there is any resurgence in the pandemic, ensuring safety and continuity of study in the event of any further restrictions to social movement.

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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 Writing Workshops and Poetry Workshops for experienced writers and our Writing Poetry course for writers new to writing poetry.  

All our courses are offered in either blended or online formats. Our blended courses, aimed at local writers in the South East, bring together the best of online and in person teaching, with classes taught from the Phoenix Art Space in Brighton in early autumn and summer and online during the winter. All our online teaching uses the video conferencing platform Zoom and our online programmes and courses bring together writing students from across the UK and the world.

If you are an experienced writer or graduate of a writing course working on a book with the aim of getting published, you can join one of our Advanced Writing Workshops (online or in Brighton). These groups meet once a month and offer a critical and supportive audience for your work in progress.

All our classes are taught by a team of published writers and 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:


Books by students and tutors