Courses, workshops & mentoring

from the National Centre for Writing

If you need help with your writing, advice on how to progress or want to pick up some new techniques, our range of courses has you covered. There’s something for all writers, no matter where you are in your career.

Free writing courses

Get started with one of our free courses. Just because they’re free doesn’t mean they’re not packed with useful and practical tips!
Each of these courses can be studied at your own pace on your computer. Sign up and it’s yours forever – find out more about how it works here >>

Short, self-paced courses

We all have busy lives and it can be hard to find the time to learn new skills. That’s why these courses are designed to fit around your schedule – you progress through at your own pace, with zero pressure.
Find out more about how it works here >>

Premium long-form courses

Includes personalised feedback on your writing

Ready to go further? Co-designed with the University of East Anglia, our Creative Writing Online courses are deep, engaging programmes that last three or six months and include personalised, one-to-one feedback on your writing exercises every fortnight. You’ll meet writers from around the world and work together to take your writing to the next level.
It’s almost like going to university.
If you have questions or would like to join the waiting list please email or find out more about how it works >>
UEA University of East Anglia



Writers of all kinds often face common challenges; from finding the time to write and tackling creative blockages to preparing manuscripts for publication.
You don’t have to do it alone. Find out about our mentoring scheme >>


Ten-week courses

Our ten-week fiction courses have been running for a number of years. Live classes are hosted weekly, either online or in person, and include discussion and writing exercises. You will have one piece of your writing workshopped in class by the tutor and your coursemates.


If you want to get more hands-on, try our workshops. These tutor-led, one-off classes provide a focused session of learning and sharing alongside other writers. It’s easy to take part and they won’t take up much of your time.
Find out how bursaries work →
More writing workshops coming soon!

Online courses for young writers

Our online courses offer young people the time to explore writing through fun, engaging prompts and activities – whether it’s poetry, prose or any other kind of writing they want to develop!

Take a look.