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Online creative writing course (QLS level 4)

An accredited creative writing course for beginners

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Price:£494.50 or 4 monthly payments of £123.62. Prices include VAT. See payment options
Tutor support:Unlimited support from an expert.
Requirements:Good English and a passion for creative writing.
Duration:Self paced, as long as you need.
Start date:No set dates. Begin when you choose.
Available to:UK and international learners.
Accreditation:CPD | EADL.
Quality endorsed by:The Quality Licence Scheme.
Government registered:Yes. UK Register of Learning Providers number: 10008168.
Certifications:The Quality Licence Scheme Certificate & Accredited CMP Diploma.

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Creative writing course overview

Do you have the urge to write, but struggle to know where to start?

Our online creative writing course introduces you to the many different types of fiction and non-fiction writing that you can do for fun, profit… or both!

Whether you are a writing novice, looking to broaden your writing horizons, or just seeking a creative new hobby, this comprehensive creative writing course is the perfect place to find inspiration.

If you would like to take it a step further and make some money from your writing, we show you how to target your work to specific markets and craft query letters and synopses that get you noticed.

This creative writing course is designed for:

  • Beginners.
  • People who want to explore creative writing as a hobby.
  • Existing writers who want to develop their skills.
  • People who want to start a freelance writing business.
  • Anyone who wants to craft short stories.
  • People who want to earn money from writing.

You will learn to write creatively for a variety of different media, including:

  • Feature articles, biographies and reviews.
  • Filler material, readers’ letters and competition entries.
  • Scripts for theatre, TV and radio.
  • Specialist markets, including religious and children’s publications​.

Successful learner, Lesley Mager told us: “It covered even more than I expected – it was excellent. It has made me think about how different publishers want copy to be sent. The way I word things and how to do it correctly. Read her full review

You will study in our Online Learning Area, which is accessible from a computer or a mobile app. This means the course is flexible, and gives you the chance to tackle practical, real-world creative writing tasks at home, at work or on the go.

You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

If you have a passion for writing, then becoming a creative writer is a great way to express your creativity, and earn some money in the process.

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Creative writing course subjects

This course covers every aspect of creative writing. Each lesson includes a practical assignment which is based on the real world of creative writing. All assignments are personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll be receiving expert feedback at each stage of the course.

Lesson 01: You can be a writer

  • How to get started.
  • Where, when and what to write.
  • Finding your form, including experiments in fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry and drama.
  • Who you can write for: how to appeal to varied audiences including children, young adults, and adults.

Lesson 02: The basics

  • Writing and publishing terminology.
  • Applying a style guide.
  • Presenting your work correctly.
  • Creative a cover sheet.
  • Keeping legally safe notebooks and records.

Lesson 03: What to write about

  • Developing your imagination and producing ideas.
  • Overcoming writer’s block.
  • Finding original angles and follow-ups.
  • Reading as a writer.
  • Writing as a reader.

Lesson 04: Writing techniques

  • The importance of drafting.
  • Develop your own style: finding your unique “voice”.
  • Achieve brevity, fluency and consistency.
  • Writing for a reader.

Lesson 05: How to write fictional prose, including:

  • Short stories: different types of short story, and flash-fiction. Scene setting, characterisation, dialogue, narrative point of view.
  • Novels: different genres, and traditional and modern forms. Scene setting, characterisation, dialogue, narrative point of view.
  • “Genre” fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, crime. Scene setting, characterisation, dialogue.
  • “Literary” fiction: history, scene setting, characterisation, dialogue, narrative point of view.

Lesson 06: How to write non-fiction prose, including:

  • Fillers for women’s / coffee break magazines.
  • Feature articles.
  • Readers’ letters.
  • News articles.
  • Biographies, nostalgia, memoirs.
  • Competition entries: writing / poetry competitions.
  • Religious and inspirational articles.
  • Reviews.
  • Blogs.

Lesson 07: Writing poetry and drama

  • Identify the key characteristics of free verse, sonnets and haiku.
  • Use key poetic terminology including caesura, rhyme and metre.
  • Employ key poetic techniques and features such as metaphor, rhyme and metre.
  • State the importance of dialogue and stage directions in dramatic scripts.
  • Employ stage directions in a script.

Lesson 08: Gathering information and content

  • Researching your content.
  • Writing previews.
  • Producing listings.
  • Carrying out interviews.
  • Using your own experiences.
  • Taking and using photos and videos.

Lesson 09: Preparing work for publication

  • Checking / revising your work.
  • Proofreading and editing your articles.
  • Legal issues, including libel, copyright, plagiarism.

Lesson 10: Selling your work

  • Submitting articles for publication.
  • Writing an effective query letter and synopsis.
  • Securing commissions.
  • Negotiating fees and contracts.
  • Spotting photojournalism opportunities.
  • Selling fiction: contacts, agents.

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Creative writing course reviews

Julian was fantastic. I regularly received feedback in less time than the timescales given. His feedback was concise and clear on the returned and marked assignments.

The course content was laid out into easy-to-follow modules which were bitesize enough to digest properly. The modules were well ordered and followed on from each other well.

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Pramod Joshi: creative writing course

The course was very educational and helpful. I learnt a lot about writing well.

The content was excellent, thorough and well presented.

I enrolled to help improve my writing and to have something to put on my CV to show that I am working on making myself better.

It really helped - well rounded and great information. My tutor Julian Brouwer was great.

Lesley Mager: Creative writing course

I have always wanted to write and felt this course would help me progress into writing further. The biggest thing I learnt was that I can become a writer and fulfil my dreams of getting a book published.

It helped me look at the way I am writing and also helped shape a book I am writing.

The tutorial support was excellent - very supportive and helpful. Julian Brouwer went above and beyond.

The lessons and completed assignments arrived in a timely fashion and the honest feedback was very helpful. I think the content was extremely relevant and helped me to shape my writing.

The course itself was brilliant, as was the course material and the tutor support. It was great how flexible it was. My tutor was fantastic; he really helped when I needed it and was there to encourage and motivate me.

The course was better than expected, with real life assignments to complete. Very helpful feedback that was both constructive and informative. I enjoyed the course so much.

I wasn’t sure if I had the confidence to do this course, but I succeeded and I enjoyed it very much. The materials were really enlightening, and I learned such a lot of new things.

Beverley Duddridge

The course was excellent, and exceeded my expectations. I am now brimming with ideas for my blog. CMP really do make you feel like you’re the only student they have. I enjoyed the course so much I’ve signed up for two more courses!

I did this course as I wanted to stay at home with my baby and study at the same time. It was a great experience and I recommend it. Could the course have been improved? No, it is perfect as it is.

The course was of the highest quality. The tutor support is the best I have ever encountered on any course, whether bricks and mortar, or online. I have high expectations and have never been disappointed in any way with CMP.

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If you are not 100% satisfied with your course you are entitled to a full refund within 14 days of your enrolment.

There are no catches or exceptions. For more information, please see our money back guarantee page

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Creative writing course accreditation and quality

We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:

Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.

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Copywriting course certifications

Our creative writing course has been independently endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme which is a product of the Skills and Education Group, who endorse high-quality, non-regulated courses and training programmes.

So at the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).

In addition, you will receive the accredited CMP diploma in copywriting, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a certified creative writer.

These certifications will enable you to apply for creative writing jobs and demonstrate your credibility as a freelance.

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Creative writing course tutor: Julian BrouwerProofreading course tutor, Julian Brouwer

Proofreader | freelance journalist | Columnist | Creative writer

As a creative writing course learner, you will work 1-2-1 with Julian Brouwer.

Julian’s writing has taken him all around the world and to New York, where he worked for some of America’s top publications. He also found time to pen a daily column for the Daily Express.

He has also written a string of short stories and is currently working on his first full-length book “Bi-polar Hack” which will be out next year.

Julian will mentor you, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice. He is often praised for his good-humoured and encouraging manner.

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How does the course work?

Our courses are delivered online. So, you can study at a pace you’re completely comfortable with and fit your studies around your lifestyle.

You can use a computer, or our exclusive app to work on a tablet or smartphone.

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How long will it take?

This copywriting course is designed to be as flexible as you need it to be. There are no deadlines, time limits or expiry dates. So, you can study at a pace that suits you, and fit the course around your lifestyle.

Most people take around three months to complete this course, but each learner is different.

On average, our learners who commit to 5 hours per week to their studies, will usually complete the course within 4 months.

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What will I need?

We aim to keep our course delivery as simple as possible, so people of all ages, locations and abilities can take part.

This is what you will need to study our copywriting course:

  • Access to a computer, tablet or similar device.
  • Internet access.
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages.
  • An email account.

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What happens when I enrol?

There are no set enrolment dates which means you can book this course 24 hours a day – 365 days a year.

Once you have completed your enrolment form and paid your fee, you will receive a login to our Online Learning Area and a document called ‘enrolment pack’, which explains how to get started, who your tutor is and .

You will get immediate access to your learning materials upon purchase, but you are under no obligation to begin studying until you are ready.

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Creative writing course course payment options

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This creative writing course costs £494.50 including VAT. This is all you pay. There are no hidden charges, and we offer a wide range of secure payment methods, so you can purchase the course from wherever you live.

You can either pay the fee in full, or with four monthly instalments of £123.62 including VAT.

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Creative writing course FAQ

Is this Creative writing course accredited? Yes. The creative writing course is externally accredited by The European Association of Distance Learning. It is also quality endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme.
How long will the course take? This creative writing course is flexible which means you can fit it around your lifestyle. On average, our learners who commit 4 hours per week to this creative writing course, will usually complete it within 4 months.
Can I take time out? Yes, many of our creative writing course learners take breaks from their studies, and continue from where they left off.
What certifications will I receive? You'll receive the Accredited CMP Diploma in Creative writing. You'll also receive a Certificate of Achievement endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).
Can I study this course if I don't live in the UK? Yes, this creative writing course isn't just restricted to people in the UK. We have learners from all over Europe, and in America, Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, New Zealand and many others. This course is internationally accredited, which means you can enrol with confidence no matter which country you live in.
Do you send the certifications overseas? Yes. There are no additional charges for this.
Can I apply for a job with the certifications? Yes, some of our creative writing course learners use the course and the certifications on their CV to apply for jobs, while others have studied this course as a hobby.
Will this course show me how to get started as a freelancer? Yes. We offer full support after the course, and give each learner expert advice on starting as a freelance creative writer. This includes advice on which rates to charge, which writing agencies to join and how to market yourself in the correct way in order to attract clients. We have lots of free resources in the Online Learning Area which are geared to helping you establish yourself as a freelance creative writer.
How many tutor marked assignments are there? There are 10 lessons on this creative writing course, and all of them come with tutor marked assignments. Our tutors are often praised for the level of detail they go into when marking our learners assignments.
Can I resubmit assignments if I fail? Yes. If you fail an assignment, your tutor will point out where you went wrong, and will give you constructive feedback which should help you achieve a pass grade when you resubmit.
How much tutor time do I get? This is one of the only online creative writing courses that offers unlimited tutor support. This means you can contact your tutor with questions at any point during the course, and they will usually reply the same working day. This support also includes expert careers advice, help looking for work, help with CVs and covering letters, and much more!
Can my employer pay for this course for me? Yes, on the second page of the creative writing course enrolment form, please select 'invoice to employer'. When your form reaches us, our finance team will send the invoice - usually the same working day.
Will I have to start straight away? No. Because the creative writing course is flexible, you can purchase it and begin studying whenever you are ready. Lots of our learners take advantage of offers and discounts, but begin studying the course weeks or even months later.
Can I pay for this course monthly? Yes. The payment plan for this creative writing course is 4 monthly instalments of £123.62. Unfortunately monthly instalments cannot be used with a discount or promotional offer.
When can I enrol? You can enrol on our creative writing course 365 days a year. Upon enrolment, you'll receive your login details and enrolment pack, which means you can get started immediately... if you want to.

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