Frequently asked questions

We want to make sure that you get the most out of our online courses and feel confident that you’re choosing the right course. All of our courses are designed to be easily accessible and do not require any specialist equipment. However, as they are online courses, you will need an understanding of how to use a computer and the internet.

Equipment & software

You will need access to a computer to study our online courses. The courses are run using an online platform that you access using your normal web browser. You can view the study materials on a mobile device but we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for working on assignments and taking part in community discussions.

Important: Your web browser must be up-to-date to access the courses. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

We use two services to deliver our online courses:

How our online courses work

Our Creative Writing Online courses take place entirely over the internet. The majority of the course is delivered in text form, making it easy to progress through the course chapter-by-chapter. We run 12- and 24-week courses.

Community discussions are included throughout the course, providing an opportunity for students to interact with each other and the course tutor. To get the most out of the course, we recommend taking part in as many discussions as possible.

Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.

Time commitment

Courses run for 12 or 24 weeks and are split into several modules, which each last two weeks. Modules consist of multiple chapters and your progress is tracked throughout, making it easy to pick up where you left off.

Although a module is open for two weeks, you are not expected to dedicate that entire time to the course! Our online courses are designed to fit around a busy lifestyle and each chapter is conveniently bite-sized so that you can always be making progress. On average we expect most students to spend between 3-5 hours per week on a course (this time will be a mixture of reading, community discussions, exercises and assignments). This will vary from student-to-student and some modules may be more intensive than others.

Each module includes smaller exercises and a main assignment. How much time you spend on these is flexible and will depend on your own writing style and process.

As courses last 12 or 24 weeks, please do check your upcoming commitments prior to applying.

If you have any questions, you can get in touch by emailing Vicki at learning@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk.

Browse the available courses here.