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Creative Writing

Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the time or courage to start? Perhaps you already write, but want to develop your skills? Our Creative Writing online course will improve your technique and boost your confidence.

If you’re looking for a Creative Writing online course that’s broad and far-reaching, then this course will test your existing skills and challenge you to take your writing in new, creative directions.

From novels, play-writing and poetry, to short stories, non-fiction and autobiographies, you’ll cover a myriad of genres. With the support of an expert tutor, you’ll develop your knowledge of different mediums and techniques, as  you put theory into practice through a series of creative writing assignments.

Enrol today and work at your own pace to discover your writing strengths, a creative path and how to help others improve their work as you gain more experience and enjoy lots of creative writing practice!

Why study Creative Writing?

Our Creative Writing online course packs a vast amount of learning into its ten topics. You’ll gain a sound understanding of creative writing, across a broad range of themes, including play-writing, novels, short stories, younger readers and non-fiction.

You’ll complete 11 tutor-marked assignments to evaluate your progress. Throughout each topic, you’ll have 24/7, flexible access to high quality online resources, written by experts and designed to encourage you to explore and develop your own creative writing style.

Our Creative Writing online course is ideal if you:

  • Have a passion for writing and want to develop your skills.
  • Are looking for a broader course, covering a wider range of key techniques and genres
  • Are starting out as a writer and want to explore the best way to approach your writing.
  • Would like to study a subject that’s both pleasurable and enjoyable that fits around your other life commitments.
  • Want to boost your confidence in writing and communicating your creative ideas.

Future opportunities

  • Studying one of our Writing Short Stories or Writing for a Living courses or English Literature or English Language at GCSE, A level or degree level.
  • Writing your own stories to pitch to media outlets, or to self publish.
  • A wide range of rewarding career paths in areas such as journalism, publishing, editing and proofreading.

Course content

Unit 1: Autobiography

  • Autobiographical writing
  • Diaries
  • Journals and letters

Unit 2: Short stories

  • Developing an idea
  • Preparing an outline
  • Openings
  • Conflict
  • Characters
  • Dialogue and viewpoints

Unit 3: Novels

  • Reading before, during and after writing
  • Themes
  • Plot
  • Character
  • Conflict
  • Viewpoint
  • Looking at published novels
  • Novels: what other writers say
  • Resources

Unit 4: Younger readers

  • Remembering
  • Starting a story
  • Action writing
  • Dialogue
  • Poetry for younger readers

Unit 5: Genre

  • What genre means
  • Gothic horror
  • Crime
  • Science fiction
  • Magical realism

Unit 6: Play writing

  • Dialogue
  • Listening to people
  • Character
  • Choosing your subject
  • Constructing plays

Unit 7: Poetry

  • Observation
  • Word pictures
  • The sound of poetry

Unit 8: Non-fiction

  • Types of non-fiction writing
  • Travel writing
  • Biography

Unit 9: Articles

  • Types and style of article
  • Finding and recording the facts
  • Interviewing
  • Going public

Unit 10: Reviews

  • Being a critic
  • Book reviews
  • Getting your enthusiasm across
  • Points of view
  • Consumer reviews

Study Creative Writing with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Ann who is just one of our first-class Creative Writing tutors:

“Creative writing has excited me for as many years as I can remember. I studied creative writing with the Open University. I have had flash fiction and short stories published. I subscribe to many writing magazines and follow a wide range of authors online. I have always been an avid reader and book group member. I attend Cambridge and Hay Literary Festivals every year and in addition to bestselling authors, I listen to debut authors, cover designers and e-publishers who keep me up-to-date with information to support my learners’ development as writers.”

What you need to know


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Entry requirements

  • A good level of basic English is required for this course
  • An ability to read and write in English


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 60 study hours, plus time for completing assignments


  • 11 assignments


  • No additional set texts required


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 12 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable

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