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Creative Writing Programme (Online) 2024-2026

(Two years. One morning or one evening per week for 25 weeks per year)




The online version of the Creative Writing Programme has been developed to allow writers who live abroad or who cannot travel to Brighton  to benefit from this prestigious university-level writing programme. It has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project. Your course tutors will teach you the writing techniques you need to complete your work, offer you focused written feedback and help you to set realistic deadlines.


 In your first year you will reflect on the sources and themes of your own writing:

  • develop a greater understanding of your own creativity and the creative process
  • learn how to create dynamic fictional characters
  • discover ways of enhancing the dramatic impact of your fiction and explore the different ways in which stories can be told.

In the second year the focus will shift from short scenes to longer narratives. You will:

  • develop your understanding of plot, story structure and the ‘world of the story’
  • explore the complex relationship between characters, narrators and readers
  • discover the importance of theme, conflict and dramatic tension and gain further insights into language, technique and style.

Throughout the course you will deepen your understanding of the function and role of character as you move from short character sketches to multi-character scenes, to the complex interaction and character development of longer narratives.

You will hone your critical and editing skills and develop your eye for a good story. In the writing workshops, you will share, discuss and evaluate your work with the other writers in your writing group.

By the end the programme you will have developed a substantial body of work and have either finished your writing project or be in a position to bring it to completion.

What this creative writing course will do for you

This programme will help you:

  • develop your confidence and ability as a writer
  • organise and manage your work
  • evolve a strong individual style.

It is an ideal programme for writers who want to write a novel, a collection of short stories or a challenging piece of prose and are looking for structure, encouragement and feedback to help them achieve this.

All you will need to bring to the programme is your imagination, a love of reading, a passion to write and the determination to succeed.

Jess’s perspective

‘I’d been secretly writing short stories for years but lacked the confidence to show anyone else my work. The creative writing programme is ideal for developing confidence – it’s a combination of giving and receiving feedback from peers, great tutors with fantastic writing exercises, knowledge of theory, technique, and the publishing industry. My tutor, encouraged me to send off stories in the first term, and as a result I ended up with seven short stories in print in different publications. By the end of the programme I had almost completed my novel Snake Ropes. Through the Agents and Publishers Day on the programme I met an agent who liked my work and I secured a two-book deal with Sceptre.


If I’d been asked a couple of months before starting the course if I’d ever feel able to write a novel, I’d have said no. Doing the Creative Writing Programme really helped me to realise my potential.

Jess Richards, author of Snake Ropes and Cooking with Bones

What is required of me?

Over the two years you will need to organise a minimum of twelve hours per week for online classes and reading/ writing time.

You will need a computer/laptop with a built in camera, good internet access and be able to be online regularly once a week. All students on the distance learning courses are responsible for ensuring that their own computers and Internet connections are working and properly maintained. The programme uses an online learning platform to allow students to keep in touch outside of the taught sessions. 

For writers joining the programme from outside the UK a good grasp of the English language is essential as all the discussions and writing on the course will be in English.

How our creative writing courses work

The programme follows a structure of four creative writing courses over two years. Weekly seminars of two and a half hours include a mix of practical writing exercises, discussions, group work, tutor-led feedback and taught sessions.

You will work closely with two of our experienced tutors, who will meet you for one-to-one online tutorials. There are also options to take masterclasses with visiting tutors in the Easter and summer holidays – two masterclasses a year are included with your course fee. 

At the end of the course is Publishing Day, an opportunity to find out about the publishing process and meet publishing professionals. That is also included in your course fee. 

Once you have enrolled you will be taken to your course page on our website. When your course starts your tutor will add course outlines, supporting seminar notes, writing exercises and a Writers’ Forum where you can chat with other writers in your group.

To join your online class, you simply click on the link on your course page and the online classroom will open up. On your screen you will see your tutor and the other writers in the online classroom. 


Click here to find out more about the structure and content of individual courses



Key Facts

Programme length:

Two years. Maximum group size 15


You will be able to select one of these morning or evening groups on payment at the bottom of this page

Monday evenings 6.30 -9pm.

Thursday mornings 10-12.30pm

Term Dates:

Autumn: 30th September – 13th  December (Reading Week 28th – 1st November)

Spring: 6th January – 28th March (Reading Week 17th – 21st February)

Summer: 28th April – 23rd May

Easter Holiday Masterclasses: 4th, 5th and 6th April (in-person). 12th and 13th April (online)

Summer Holiday Masterclasses: 13th, 14th and 15th June (in-person). 28th and 29th June (online)


Entry requirements:

No formal qualifications required.

Programme tutors:

Cathy Hayward (programme director), Elaine Chiew, Jacq Molloy, Hannah Vincent and Bethan Roberts

Fees: £1,165.83+VAT (total £1,399).


The fees include:

  • Two-year programme. 25 weeks of taught classes per year. Pitched at graduate degree level
  • Four one-to-one sessions with an experienced tutor over the two years
  • Two one-day weekend masterclasses a year (with option to purchase additional ones)
  • Publishing Day and meeting with an agent at the end of the course
  • Three student and alumni readings/ social events across the year

A 10% deposit (£139.99) is paid at the start of the first year by way of deposit for the second year. This is taken off the second year’s fees. The second year course fees will then be £1,260 including VAT.

Students can also pay in instalments: £889.49 (half the course fees plus the second year deposit plus £50 admin fee) at the start of the autumn term and then £699.50 at the start of the spring term. 

International Students, please note fees must be paid in GB Pounds.

To enrol: choose one of the payment links at the bottom of this page and click on it
Taster days:

We run several taster sessions for our online courses in July and September. These two-hour workshops give you a flavour of how our courses work, allow you to explore your creativity and enable you to meet fellow writers and our programme director and tutors. Learn more and book your place.

Please ensure that you have read our Terms and Conditions. For further information on this course or our other programmes contact

Cathy Hayward