Start Writing Fiction
12-week online creative writing course begins Tuesday 3 May 2022.
The online creative writing course is the perfect introduction to writing fiction for new writers and anyone wanting to write more regularly. Over 12 weeks of inspirational teaching, exercises and assignments you will receive personalised feedback on your work and learn how to write a short story.
What the course covers
- Getting started – explore exercises to release your creativity and meet your fellow students.
- Character – getting to know your characters inside-out and how to write credible dialogue.
- Finding the story – how finding the right structure can make even the simplest story engaging.
- Whose story is it, and who is telling it? – how does your story change depending on the point of view?
- Making it better – redrafting and self-editing and how to take and provide constructive criticism.
- Beginnings and endings – how to hook a reader and subvert expectations.
By the end of the course you will:
- Be familiar with the basic elements of a short story
- Have examined some published short stories in detail
- Write a complete short story, using what you have learnt about the workings of fiction
- Know how to give and receive useful, precise feedback and revise and improve your work
- Know how to keep your own writer’s notebook and generate new ideas
Designed by the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.
Feedback from students
‘The course exceeded my expectations in every aspect with how well-structured it was, the exercises and the feedback. I couldn’t have asked for anything more!’ — Rebecca Lewis Smith
‘My output has improved a thousand-fold in both content and quality.’
‘The course had a therapeutic effect. I gained a sense of freedom from getting lost in the characterisations and dramas of my stories.’ — Sarah Barton
‘I have learned a huge amount on this course. I feel I have leapt ahead in my knowledge of writing and what I am capable of writing at the moment.’ — Eleanor Beck
‘I’ve taken away a much greater confidence in my creative work, an ability to be much more flexible but also decisive with my writing ideas and have learned many new writing techniques and ways of working.’ — Maddie Northern
This course is intended for writers aged 18+. If you’re looking for courses suitable for younger writers, check out these online workshops!
About the tutors
There are two tutors available for this course. There is the opportunity to select your preference during checkout.
Megan Bradbury was born in the United States and grew up in Britain. She studied at the University of East Anglia, graduating with an MA in Creative Writing in 2005. In 2012 she was awarded the Charles Pick Fellowship at UEA, and in 2013 she won an Escalator Literature Award and a Grant for the Arts to help fund the completion of her first novel, Everyone is Watching. The novel tells the story of New York City through the geniuses that have inhabited it – among them, Walt Whitman, Robert Moses, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Edmund White. It was published by Picador in summer 2016.
‘A beating heart of a novel’ – Ali Smith
‘Beautiful, kaleidoscopic . . . everyone should be watching Megan Bradbury from now on’ – Eimear McBride, Baileys Prize-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Benjamin Johncock was born in England in 1978. His short stories have been published by The Fiction Desk and The Junket. He is the recipient of an Arts Council England grant and the American Literary Merit Award, and is a winner of Comma Press’s National Short Story Day competition. He also writes for the Guardian. He lives in Norwich, England, with his wife, his daughter, and his son.
His debut novel The Last Pilot was published in the US by Picador and the UK by Myriad. He is working on his second novel.
How it works
All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out more about the requirements here.
The course is divided into six modules, each of which introduces an aspect of the craft of writing fiction. Your knowledge will be developed through writing exercises, the analysis of samples of writing and discussion with your tutor and fellow students.
The modules are posted fortnightly. Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.
There are two live Zoom sessions during this course — dates to be announced.
Module assignments are between 500 and 1,000 words. Your tutor will give you written feedback on every assignment you submit, but only the third and final assignments will be assessed for your Certificate of Completion.
This is a practical and engaging course with direct, expert tutor feedback.
Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.