The Creative Writing Programme UK


UK and international in-person and online creative and life writing courses

University-level courses from £700 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.

Our creative writing courses

We offer a mix of courses: in-person and online. Our in-person classes are taught from the Friends Meeting House in central Brighton and in Kemptown Bookshop in east Brighton and are perfect for writers who live along the south coast within travelling distance of Brighton.


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. We also offer one-day masterclasses online and online student and alumni readings so you can be assured of a full experience. 




If you’d like to know more about how we work, you can find out more on the Creative Writing Courses page and on our Blog

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From October 2024 we are offering our two-year, part-time Creative Writing Programmes and the Life Writing Programme; a range of Advanced Poetry courses and our popular Advanced Writing Workshops. Full details are on our Creative Writing Courses tab. You can book your place on the booking tabs at the bottom of the course description page. If you would like to make any enquiries about our courses, contact info@creativewritingprogramme.org.uk

In the meantime, why not sign up for our taster sessions in September? Join one of our writing tutors for a practical writing session to explore our unique approach to teaching, meet other writers and find out more about our courses. Sessions last for two hours and are held either online or in-person at the Friends Meeting House or Kemptown Bookshop in Brighton. Visit our Eventbrite page to find out more and book.

To find out more about how we work on the Creative Writing Programme and creative writing courses in general visit Creative Writing FAQs


 Creative writing course for teenagers 

From 29th July to 2nd August 2024, join other young adult writers at the Friends Meeting House, Brighton to spend a week understanding the craft of writing and producing your own short story.

Over the five days, you will spark your imagination and empower your inner storyteller with our interactive and fun workshops. Your tutor for the week is Beth Miller, the author of six novels including the bestselling The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright. She will help you to develop your characters, plot and setting,  hone your voice, story structure and editing skills so that by the end of the week you have a finished short story or the start of a longer piece of work.

Embark on your creative odyssey and sign up today.

This course runs from 10.30pm-4.30pm every day and is aimed at young adults aged 11-16.

Click here to book a place




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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