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Creative Non-Fiction (Online) 2021-2023

Online creative writing course. Two years. One afternoon per week for 25 weeks per year)


The Creative Non-Fiction Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of turning personal or researched experience into narrative. It has a particular emphasis on the different forms of creative non-fiction: life writing, autobiography, biography, historically researched fiction, travel writing, diaries, journals, comic writing and blogs and teaches writing techniques that can be used in both non-fiction and creative fiction.


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 characters
  • discover ways of enhancing the dramatic impact of your writing and explore the different ways in which life stories can be told.

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

  • delve into the meaning of memory and imagination
  • explore complex matters of form and authenticity
  • develop your understanding of life writing structure, and gain further insights into language, technique and style.

Throughout the course you will continue to explore aspects of character and setting, learning to negotiate memory and constructs of time in relation to life writing.

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

At the end of the two-year programme you will be invited to attend Publishing Day where you will have an opportunity to discuss your work with a publishing professional

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.

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

What is required of me?

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

You will need to ensure you have access to a computer/laptop with a good internet connection and a video camera (most modern computers have one built in).

How the course works

The programme follows a structure of four creative writing courses over two years, blended to maximise the benefits of both online and in-person learning and collaboration. 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 tutorials. You can also take additional Weekend School seminars with visiting writers if you choose.

Your online learning space

Each writing group on the Creative Writing Programme has its own course page on our website. Once logged in to your course page you will have access to course outlines, supporting seminar notes, writing exercises and a Writer’s Forum where you can chat with other writers in your group.

How are seminars structured?

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.

Over the course of the two-year programme you will work closely with two of our tutors. On each course you will be offered one-to-one tutorials and an opportunity to take additional seminars with visiting writers on the Creative Writing Programme Weekend Schools.


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Key Facts

Programme Length

Two years

Term Dates

Autumn: 4th October – 17th December (Reading Week 25th – 29th October)

Spring: 10th January – 25th March (Reading Week 14th – 18th February)

Summer: 25th April – 27th May

(Dates for 2022-2023 will be given in the summer term of 2022)

Venue: Online


Tuesdays, 10am – 12.30pm

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications required

Programme team
Dr Mark Slater (director), Holly Dawson, Lulah Ellender, Christine Harmar-Brown, Dr Hannah Vincent

£850 per annum. Fees can be paid in full or at the beginning of each term. There is a small additional admin charge in the Summer Term if fees are paid per term.

Autumn Term: £340

Spring and Summer Term: £535

Optional Weekend Schools £30 per session. Publishing Day (manuscript submission only) £50

All fees are inclusive of VAT

International students, please note, fees must be paid in GB pounds

To enrol

Choose one of the options in the links at the bottom of this page and click on it

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

Mark Slater