The Creative Writing Programme UK


UK and international blended and online creative writing courses

University level courses from £550 per year

The Creative Writing Programme is one of the leading centres for creative writing in the UK. After moving out of the University of Sussex it has established a reputation for excellence in Brighton and the South East.

Our approach to teaching creative writing

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.

Blended creative writing courses

Work patterns and learning patterns are changing. To accommodate this new reality, as well as our in-person courses we have developed a new blended learning structure for our two-year programme. Our blended courses, aimed at local writers in the South East, are a mix of online and in person teaching, with classes taught from the The Kemptown Bookshop in Brighton in early autumn and summer and online during the winter.

You’ll spend the first five weeks of the Autumn Term meeting up in person, then switch to online learning as Winter sets in. We’ll stick with online classes until clocks go forward in March, then meet up again in person for the end of the Spring Term and the whole of the Summer Term. This way we make the most of what online learning has to offer, get to know each other, work together as a group, avoid travel over the winter months, stay safe and reduce our carbon footprint. We think that’s a positive.


Cathy Hayward outside the Kemptown Bookshop

Online creative writing courses

Our online teaching uses the Zoom video conferencing platform and our online creative writing courses bring together writing students from across the UK and the world. We have experience of teaching distance learning courses and have spent time researching and developing new approaches to teaching creative writing online. We’re excited about the potential of video conferencing as a teaching tool. Video conferencing allows us to maintain the interactive element we feel is crucial to successful teaching and have discovered that in many areas it offers effective approaches to teaching beyond those available in the traditional classroom. In an ever-shrinking world we believe our online writing groups offer a rich cultural and creative experience for developing writers.

On one of our online courses you will be able to stay in touch with other writers in your group, communicating through a dedicated course page on our website and meeting up outside seminar times on Zoom to get to know each other. You will click on a link on your online course page to access your online classroom where you’ll meet as a group once a week for virtual, face to face sessions led by your creative writing tutor. For anyone new to online learning we will be offering Zoom training sessions prior to course commencing.




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Join a one-day creative writing masterclass

Our four autumn weekend schools are aimed at supporting writers with a specific area of their practice. 

From creating memorable characters and improving your dialogue to boosting your creativity and developing symbolism, imagery and metaphor in prose, our masterclasses will support you to be a better writer. 

These stand-alone courses are run by our experienced tutors –all published authors and poets including Laura Wilkinson, Beth Miller, John McCullough and Roy McFarlane.  

The workshops are: 

Friday 24th November – Creating Memorable Characters – Laura Wilkinson. 10-4pm in Brighton 

Saturday 25th November – Boosting Your Creativity – Roy McFarlane. 10-4pm in Brighton

 Sunday 26th November – Improving Your Dialogue – Beth Miller. 10-4pm in Brighton 

Sunday 3rd December – Imagery, Symbolism and Metaphor in Prose – John McCullough. 10-4pm. Online 

The in-person masterclasses are £40 each while the online workshop is £30. Places are limited to 15 for in-person workshops and 12 online so book your place today. You can book on as many workshops as you like. 

Click here to get full details of each workshop and book a place 


Our 2024-6 courses will open for enrolment in April 2024. 

If you would like to make any enquiries about our courses you can do so by contacting:


To read our FAQs on the Creative Writing Programme and creative writing courses in general visit Creative Writing FAQs


Books by students and tutors

Panic Response

Panic Response

Panic Response: John McCullough, Penned In the Margins, 2022. Published earlier this year, Panic Response is John's...



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Sleeping under Clouds

Sleeping under Clouds

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The Call

The Call

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